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Mississauga News - Nov. 16, 2007 - By Louie Rosella - email@example.com
Officer back in court on drug chargesA Peel Regional Police officer arrested in 2005 over allegations he was attempting to traffic cocaine is in court this week for a preliminary hearing.
Const. Sheldon Cook, 39, who works out of 12 Division (east Mississauga), is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday as his hearing continues.
Proceedings, which began this past week, will determine if the Crown has enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Evidence given during the preliminary hearing is under a publication ban.
Cook is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, along with attempt to possess a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
The marijuana charge stems from a seizure of less than one pound of the illegal drug on Nov. 18, 2005.
The other charge was laid after the RCMP tracked a shipment of what was initially thought to be 15 kilograms of cocaine, to a home in Cambridge.
The substance allegedly found at the home was not cocaine, but a flour-like substance meant to look like cocaine, court heard.
The bogus drugs were being used by the RCMP in a sting operation.
A 14-year police veteran when arrested, Cook remains suspended with pay until his case is dealt with in court.
Meanwhile, Justice Canada has decided not to prosecute more than a half-dozen drug cases in which Cook was the arresting officer, due to the unlikelihood of convictions, said a government spokesperson.
One month after Cook was charged, a judge acquitted former Toronto Argonaut Orlando Bowen of drug and assaulting police charges, which were laid by Cook and another officer.
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