Saskatchewan band councillor charged with drug trafficking, again

(Clarence Papequash, 64, is charged with drug trafficking for the second time he;s been on The Key’s band council)

Melissa Ridgen
APTN Investigates
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.

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Melissa is a proud Red River Métis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.
She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).

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6 thoughts on “Saskatchewan band councillor charged with drug trafficking, again

  1. What does he have to do before you stop voting him back on to a place of authority? Look at your children when they are stoned, as young as10, doesn’t that make you proud? Can’t wait to share with your friends how happy it makes you feel when she comes raped? NO you don’t. That’s exactly what you are doing when you allow the pusher sit on a place of authority. He should be voted to sit on the seat of SHAME! Stop letting him kill your children because you’re as guilty as he is if don’t help your children.

  2. Why not name the doctor? In my mind he is at the core of the problem isn’t he. He has the power to write those prescriptions at his discretion so he ultimately should be the highest accountable authority in this grievous situation. But doctor knows best it seems no matter that he is the supplier to the dealers.

  3. This is absolutely insane, where is our nations mind. A former drug counsellor. Omg, greed, money the root of all evil. Why??i hope u rot in jail. U killed our own. karma

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