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Supreme Court rejects appeal of Toronto cops convicted of corruption

One of Toronto's longest-running police corruption cases has finally come to a close, after more than a decade and a half, with a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Five Toronto drug squad officers were convicted in 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal of the convictions against five members of the Toronto Police Service drug squad. From left to right are Ray Pollard, Steven Correia, Ned Maodus, Joe Miched and John Schertzer. (Ron Bull/Toronto Star)

One of Toronto's longest-running police corruption cases has finally come to a close, after more than a decade and a half, with a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The country's highest court refused Thursday to hear an appeal of the convictions of five former officers with the Toronto police drug squad.

The charges against John Schertzer, Ned Maodus, Joe Miched, Ray Pollard and Steve Correia date back to the late 1990s.

They were found guilty in 2012 of conducting searches without warrants, falsifying notes, and not accounting for all of the money seized in drug raids. 

The head of Toronto's police union, Mike McCormack, said today that the case is now over and he hopes everyone involved can move on.

The investigations and various prosecutions, cost in excess of $15 million over more than a decade, leading to convictions — but the officers involved served no jail time.

The crown alleged the officers committed a range of offences during police drug busts — from conspiracy to obstruction of justice, theft, assault, perjury and extortion.

In June of 2012, a jury also convicted the five of attempting to obstruct justice for covering up a warrantless search of a heroin dealer's apartment in the late 1990s.

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