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Councillor Concerned About Stayed Cocaine Charges

City Councillor Terry Burrell is concerned that charges in a $6-million Blue Water Bridge cocaine trafficking case were stayed in Sarnia court earlier this month.

Justice Joseph Donohue ruled the right to a trial within a reasonable time for two Toronto-area men, charged four years ago, had been violated.

In a motion, supported by council, Burrell wants the Attorney General of Ontario to review local serious cases to prevent it from happening again.

He says when a major case like that doesn’t go forward it undermines the confidence people have in the legal system.

Sarnia-Lambton’s Tory MPP Bob Bailey has also vowed to raise the issue with the Ministry of the Attorney General.