Guelph Police Officer charged with theft of drugs

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


 In May 2010 the Guelph Police Service investigated the Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph (MCCG), which is a privately run medical cannabis resource centre.

The officers who gained access did so by submitted forged applications, visiting the storefront on multiple occasions while pretending to be sick, and even had other officers back at the station playing the role of fake doctor. When the dispensary’s admission staff called to verify the authenticity of the application, they ended up speaking to an undercover agent, and not a medical professional.

Now a year later, one of the officers involved in the cannabis dispensary raid has been arrested and charged by city police. The allegations relate to theft of material evidence obtained by city police in a drug case.

A probe by the investigative support services division was launched in July after Police Chief Rob Davis received information relating to a Constable Chris Panylo.

Panylo, a six year member of the force, was arrested Thursday and was suspended from duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

He is to appear in Guelph Provincial Court on October 28th on charges of theft and breach of trust by a public officer.

"I am extremely troubled that there are allegations that a key police constable has committed criminal acts," said Rade Kovacevic, director of the MCCG." Const. Panylo was very much involved in the allegations against three of my employees, so charges of this nature raise important questions about his credibility."

Scott Gilbert is a former student at the University of Guelph and the Director of Hamilton Medical Marijuana Centre.

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