In this article, police describe what they say is an on-going turf war between two rival gangs regarding methamphetamine. Methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is a popular drug for recreational users and is considered a “hard drug”.
The federal government under Stephen Harper made itself clear – drugs, especially hard drugs, must be stopped. This meant devoting significant police resources to catching those selling them and giving harsh sentences to those caught with them. With the new Liberal government it remains to be seen what their attitude towards prosecuting drug users will be. One thing is for certain, even with a light sentence a drug conviction can have serious consequences. It can impair your ability to find employment, it can prevent you from traveling internationally, and it may cause you to be removed from government and social programs.
When you are caught by the police with controlled substances, they will look for certain clues to determine if you are a user or a seller, which they refer to as a trafficker. These clues can be things such as the quantity of the drug, the presence or absence of paraphernalia, and the packaging the drug is in.
*Note: The information on this page is for general knowledge and is not legal advice.