Toronto Cops Facing Charges For Consuming Edibles After Raid

By Benjie Cooper

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Two of Toronto’s police officers are facing charges related to an incident following the raid of a dispensary in the city on January 27.

After the raid, thirty-six-year-old Vittorio Dominelli and thirty-five-year-old Jamie Young were assigned to guard seized evidence from the dispensary but proceeded to consume some of the edibles they had confiscated. At one point, one of the cops claimed to be hallucinating and called an off-duty officer for assistance.

The officer misunderstood the call and thought that a kidnapping had occurred and called for backup. Police from four separate divisions responded to the call.

Arriving officers found Young wandering around in a cannabis-induced daze, and an EMT found Dominelli up in a tree. A female officer responding to the call slipped on ice on the road and sustained a concussion. All three officers were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Young and Dominelli were immediately suspended with pay while Professional Standards conducted an investigation, but both officers were arrested this week and charged with attempting to obstruct, pervert, or defeat the course of justice by tampering with evidence.

Each of the officers faces one count of breach of trust and one of attempting to obstruct. Dominelli and Young are both scheduled to appear in court on June 7