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Leonard charged with possession, trafficking

Saturday, March 09, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff
CITY POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

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On March 8, 2013 at approximately 3 p.m., members of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Street Team and Canine Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Wellington Street West.

During the course of the search, officers located 157 grams of cannabis marijuana, a digital scale, packaging materials, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of cash. 

Officers arrested Leonard Empey, age 61, of 293 Wellington St. West, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Upon his arrest, Empey was found in possession of a small container containing cannabis marijuana. 

Empey has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance.

The estimated street value of the drugs seized is $3,200.00.

He will appear in court on April 15th at 9 a.m.

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hunti 3/9/2013 9:56:12 AM Report

Yes,here we go again busting somebody for maijuanna.Must of got your information from the ones selling their pills.The police are well aware of who is selling pills in this town and for some bizarre reason do nothing,just don't get that.There are thousands of people in this town addicted to these pills which is doing alot more damage than marijuanna could do on any given day,but the police do nothing.I know people who tell the police who is selling pills and also know people who call crime stoppers yet the police do nothing.Some day it will be their child that ODs or dies from these pills and then something will be done.Very sad to see how many lives are being destroyed in the meantime.The TRUE CRIMINALS are the PILL SELLERS....
a_mom 3/9/2013 10:03:42 AM Report

gee don't know where they buy their drugs but thats pretty pricey for pot
Tom_Bom 3/9/2013 10:52:36 AM Report

When will we come together as a sensible group of adults and learn, that marijuana is not the problem. in a census sent out, more than half the Canadian population admitted to having used it in their life time. Does half of Canada deserve to go to jail?

Prohibition is the drug problem, because instead of the government selling it and taxing the butt off of it and making money, they leave it in the hands of organized crime who then profit off it. If marijuana was legalized today, organized crime would be crippled, we'd have more money to give to the police force to take them down, and society would be a lot better off.

According to the Surgeon Generals report, 0 people have ever died from a Pot overdose as it is physically impossible. It is far less harmfull than alcohol and tobacco, and science is discovering that it has anti cancer properties.

Why can't we all get together and lobby for legalization, benefit from the tax money, cripple organized crime, and stop demonizing the drug and making it into something it's not?

I haven't partaken since highschool which was years ago, but anyone with a good head on their shoulders knows that right now its easier to get pot than it is alcohol, because its readily available and organized crime doesn't put an age limit on it. If it were legalized, we could put an age limit on it, get it out of the hands of our children, and let responsible adults over the age of 19 decide if they want to partake or not.

The war on drugs will never end, but legalizing marijuana would be a huge step forward it dealing it a huge blow, and thus dealing organized crime a huge blow as well, taking away their biggest cash crop.

Thank you for your time.

P.S. Also i'm betting they're overpricing what they've found to make it seem like a bigger deal than it is, and less of a waste of tax payer dollars than it actually is.
Prrrrrrr 3/9/2013 11:27:58 AM Report

Bottom line, it's illegal...
Zap 3/9/2013 11:35:45 AM Report

I smoke pot and will keep on doing it i am a free person not a sheep like most morons. this usa war on marijuana will fail and has failed even with the Nazi propaganda that has been used for years.
JellyFisch 3/9/2013 11:49:40 AM Report

Do you walk in someone else's house with your shoes on after being told not to do it? Probably not. Does it create harm? Mostly not other than dirt on the floor. Do you still do it after justifying so? Probably not. You respect the hosts rule.

Marijuana is illegal. Plain and simple. I for one am for legalizing it. But since it is illegal, it should be respected. It's in the works for the decriminalizing of it. Eventually it will be. But for now, the police have a job to seize any amounts illegally on the streets. And amounts such as that might lead to something more.

Perhaps it is good to open your mind to thought, and think that the police bust people with large amounts of MJ might lead to friends of theirs dealing in more harmful substances sucks as Ecstasy or cocaine. The illegal drug trafficking world is a network of connections. It snowballs from one bust sometimes.
crashed13 3/9/2013 12:07:22 PM Report

I love how they always over exaggerate the Cash value to make the drug bust sound much bigger then it is.
That works out to $20 a gram. LOL
Beej 3/9/2013 1:06:31 PM Report

hunti 3/9/2013 9:56:12 AM

Yes,here we go again busting somebody for maijuanna. Must of got your information from the ones selling their pills. "The police are well aware of who is selling pills in this town and for some bizarre reason do nothing,just don't get that." "There are thousands of people in this town addicted to these pills which is doing alot more damage than marijuanna could do on any given day,but the police do nothing." "I know people who tell the police who is selling pills and also know people who call crime stoppers yet the police do nothing." Some day it will be their child that ODs or dies from these pills and then something will be done.Very sad to see how many lives are being destroyed in the meantime. The TRUE CRIMINALS are the PILL SELLERS....

Source? Proof??

p.s. it's ok to admit that you are an informant!
Bad Dawg 3/9/2013 1:28:49 PM Report

I know alot of potheads, it never lead them down a path of cocaine and pills..... Those pill heads are out driving around high. If you have a perscription for a NARCOTIC then you should surrender you drivers licence. And pot will not be "legalized" will only get as far as "decriminalized". Which is okay by majority of Canadians.
JellyFisch 3/9/2013 1:57:01 PM Report

My point wasn't that smoking marijuana leads or doesn't lead to a life time of Cocaine and Pills. The point was that drug dealers have a network. If any drug dealer is selling, he get's his drugs from a higher and more quantified source. Perhaps this sources up the ladder deals in other drugs such as those mentioned above.

Prescriptions for a narcotic should required the user to surrender their licenses? So since alcohol is legal, should we require to surrender licenses? I think not. It's about judgement. You drink, don't drive. You take medication, don't drive.
JellyFisch 3/9/2013 2:01:37 PM Report

Prescriptions that impair motor and decision making abilities that is.
iamtc 3/9/2013 4:27:10 PM Report

Bad Dawg get a life u must hang out with leo.
moem 3/9/2013 5:28:50 PM Report

Well said Tom Bom

You have a better chance of dying of a caffeine overdose than weed
newcon 3/9/2013 7:30:19 PM Report

Is eveerybody ready for this one...marijuana is a controlled substance and is ILLEGAL...period. Is it wrong that it is controlled?maybe so...but...the fact of the matter is this...you can not raise children in a society where overt drug use/chemical consumption or "sustained uphopria" is considered NORMAL with respect to daily functionability. Should there be "hidden" exceptions?maybe. Should the law relax the gavell?probably but kids have enough problems with todays mixed messages and they do not this added distraction. Is anybody familiar with the "Opium wars 1839 - 1860"?? China was fed up with their people being constantly stoned because it was killing their future...much like what is happening now on Canada's West Coast only it's the other way around.
I'm not making any legal arguments with respect to this matter I only want to see our future sustained and if it means hiding from the kids well then so be it but let's not ever send the message to them that it's OK to get "stoned, drunk, high or otherwise".
As a point of interest...Billy Graham once said 30years ago..."the reason why life is so miserable for so many people is because they're too stoned to do anything about it".
Do as you wish people but do not deny the consequences...legally or morally.
NEWCON
{scott} 3/9/2013 8:52:30 PM Report

I don't think the problem is necessarily the pot, but that sometimes there are extras rolled into it. This isn't years ago where it was most likely all natural.
It is illegal, so the police were doing their job. They must have had a good reason for searching, because even they know there are bigger things out there.

Could be that Len had some old connections to bigger fish...but not likely. The way I see it is that regardless of what happened the people who don't like police will complain anyway. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.

I'm just surprised it took so many years to arrest and charge him.
cleaninglady 3/9/2013 9:01:28 PM Report

Well said
Entity 3/10/2013 10:51:22 AM Report

Like most things, pot's a problem when it's abused; abusers are generally unproductive, lazy dirtbags.

Tom_Bom 3/10/2013 1:29:05 PM Report

@ Entity

Drug abuse is a health issue, not a criminal issue.
AndyCap 3/11/2013 9:40:22 AM Report

@Prrrr that is an idiotic statement. Just because someone says it is illegal doesnt make it right. It was once illegal for blacks and whites to marry. Adhearing to unjust laws makes you ignorant and part of the problem. Try and think for yourself instead of people telling you what is right and wrong.
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