June 27 (UPI) — Two Toronto police officers are facing criminal charges after prosecutors say they ate cannabis-infused chocolate they seized as evidence from a dispensary raid and then had to call for back-up when the drug kicked in.
According to police documents released this week, Const. Jamie Young, 35, and Const. Vittorio Dominelli, 36, executed a search warrant at Community Cannabis Clinic, a marijuana dispensary in Toronto, on Jan. 27, the CBC reported. One of the pieces of evidence seized during the operation was a chocolate hazelnut bar infused with cannabis oil — which the two allegedly ate later that night while on surveillance duty.
The officers couldn’t handle the high, the charging documents say, and used the police radio to call a 10-33, which indicates a police officer in serious danger.
When other officers arrived, Dominelli said he felt like he was going to pass out and was taken to a hospital, but Young couldn’t be found. As police searched for him, one officer slipped on some ice and suffered a head injury, the Toronto Star reported.
Young was eventually located and hospitalized.
Both have been on paid leave since that night and now face charges of misconduct, neglecting to carry out a lawful order and knowingly making a false statement.
Peter Brauti, Dominelli’s lawyer, told the Toronto Star last month his client is “obviously very embarrassed in relation to the allegations.”
Both men face jail time and dismissal.