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Five former drug squad officers face obstruction charges

A one-time couple says Toronto drug squad officers searched their Scarborough apartment, making a mess and pocketing a safety deposit box key, producing a warrant after the fact.

Ho Zhong Pang, 52, told prosecutor Joan Barrett that he came home from work on Feb. 18, 1998, to his Eglinton Ave. E. and Kennedy Rd. area apartment. He usually arrived between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Upon seeing his ransacked unit he asked his then-wife, Miao Fen Lin, what happened. "She told me a lot of police came."

After 15 to 20 minutes, two plainclothes officers arrived with what he later learned was a search warrant and took away a plastic grocery bag sitting by the door, Pang testified.

-He later learned police had arrested his brother, Ho Bing Pang - who lived in the apartment - and charged him with drug offences.

Memo books from drug squad officers suggest the search did not begin until 10:45 p.m., when Const. Joseph Miched arrived at the apartment with a warrant and lasted until 11:30 p.m., court has heard.

Lin, 50, said three plainclothes officers carrying guns came in through her front door using a key, and searched for two hours, taking away the key to her safety deposit box without her knowledge.

The former couple was testifying at the Ontario Superior Court trial of Miched, 53, John Schertzer, 54, Steven Correia, 45, Raymond Pollard, 47, and Ned Maodus, 49.

The former drug squad officers face various charges, including attempting to obstruct justice, perjury, assault and extortion. All but Schertzer are accused of later lying about it in court.

The trial continues.

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