Toronto cop who had cocaine in wallet appears before tribunal
TORONTO – A Toronto police officer who pleaded guilty to a criminal charge after cocaine was found in his wallet is expected to plead guilty to misconduct.
Det.-Const. Kirk Blake, who now faces two charges under the Police Services Act, made a brief appearance before a police tribunal Wednesday.
The matter was pushed back to Nov. 21, a hearing the prosecution says will involve a guilty plea and submissions.
Police initially charged Blake with possession in December after a fellow officer found a small quantity of cocaine in his wallet.
Blake, who worked with the city’s guns and gangs task force, had been at an east-end courthouse in September when he left his wallet behind. Another officer found the wallet and went through it looking for identification before discovering the drug.
Police said he was granted an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to the criminal charge.
The two disciplinary charges Blake now faces stem from the wallet incident. One relates to the drug possession and one to his having been found guilty. None of those charges has been proven.