In a case involving a truckload of cocaine and the theft of disclosure documents, the Ontario Court of Justice has removed a Toronto-area lawyer as counsel for a man charged with conspiracy in an alleged drug-importing scheme.
In R. v. Davidov, Justice Joseph De Filippis of the Ontario Court of Justice has removed North York lawyer Michael Simrod as counsel for Dimitri Davidov, due to evidence that the lawyer also had a relationship with an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.
Davidov and Omari Kutaladze were both employees of trucking company Boreas Logistics, owned by the unindicted co-conspirator Sergei Churilov. On Nov. 19, 2017, Kutaladze was stopped and searched as he crossed the border from the United States in a company truck, purportedly to ship plastic resins. Police say he was also transporting 50 kilograms of cocaine.