July 06, 2006

July 6, 2006: Drug dealer's reduced term ...

Dealer's reduced term irks U.S., Canadian police -- Toronto shooting Adrian Humphreys, National Post, July 06, 2006
www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4288e4a4-cd8e-4a45-a466-e612fa2ddb47

TORONTO - When Sean Erez was found crumpled and bleeding in the elevator of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel this week, shot when an alleged drug deal went awry, he could well have still been inside an American prison for his international drug trafficking enterprise.

That a decade was shaved off his 15-year sentence imposed in a Brooklyn courthouse in November, 2001 -- after he applied to serve his sentence in Canada rather than in the United States -- is angering victims-of-crime advocates and police officers on both sides of the border.

"He won the lottery when he was transferred here. What a hell of a deal he got on the exchange rate," said Tony Cannavino, president of the Canadian Professional Police Association, which represents 54,000 police officers. [....]

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