Ray Lachapelle was previously found guilty in a Halifax court in 2018 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Ray Lachapelle’s cocaine addiction was an open secret among colleagues, clients and staff. It was an addiction so severe he lost his liberty and now his license to practice law
In a Feb. 24 ruling, the Law Society of Ontario’s disciplinary tribunal revoked Lachapelle’s license, effective immediately, for conduct unbecoming — notably his role in a 2017 conspiracy to import more than a tonne of cocaine from Colombia to Canada.
The Hawkesbury-based lawyer was found guilty in a Halifax court in 2018 and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The Mounties dubbed the project “Operation Halfpenny” and Lapachelle and others were arrested after an 18-month international drug-trafficking investigation that began in Cape Breton but had tentacles across the country.
The scheme shut down by the RCMP also ended in a raid that yielded more than 25 firearms — including three prohibited weapons — a significant quantity of ammunition, a stolen car, a large amount of hash, cash and tactical equipment.
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