16 crew members deliver by ship a load of cannabis worth 6-7 mill from a point in international waters off the coat of columbia to drop to a point off the coast in alaska. Vessel began to encounter a series of problems, aggravated by deteriorating water. Safety of ship and crew to seek refuge on the. Canadian shoreline for the purpose of making temporary repairs. Fearing the vessel was going to capsize ordered the men to offload the cargo. Were arrested as were all the appellants except perka and leson. 33. 49 tonnes of cannabis were seized by the police officers. Possession for the purpose of trafficking they did not plan to import into. Canada or to leave their cargo of cannabis in canada. At trial, council for the crown alleged that the evidence of the ship s distress was a recent fabrication. Belie the necessity defence the jury believed the appellants and acquitted them.