(Clarence Papequash, 64, is charged with drug trafficking for the second time he;s been on The Key’s band council)
A man who was removed as chief of The Key First Nation following a six-month conditional sentence for drug trafficking is back in jail awaiting a bail hearing on new charges.
Clarence Papequash, 64, is now a band councillor. Prior to his political career, he worked as a drug councillor.
But in 2014 he was convicted in a sting in which RCMP were cracking down on dealers who fueled a wide-spread opiate problem in the Kamsack, SK area, as revealed by APTN Investigates
Papequash sold a morphine pill to an undercover officer.
Five months later his community voted him back onto council.
This past Tuesday, he was arrested again when police executed a search warrant at a home and allege they found guns and opiates.
Papequash faces five charges and remains in custody pending a court appearance Feb. 22.
The 2013 APTN Investigates report ultimately led to Health Canada pulling the methadone licence of a local doctor who both prescribed opiates and ran the clinic to treat addicts.
Cote, Keeseekoose and The Key First Nations were most affected by the opiate crisis.