Drug busts wel­comed in Eska­soni

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY ERIN POTTIE epot­tie@cb­post.com

ESKA­SONI — News of an­other drug bust brings out a pleas­ant chirp in Priscilla Gould’s voice.

A vol­un­teer or­ga­nizer with the non-profit group Par­ents Against Drugs in Eska­soni, Gould said there is a bad prob­lem of drug-abuse on the re­serve but she’s hop­ing to turn the tide.

“Ev­ery­body’s do­ing what they can to stop it,” said Gould. “I don’t know if new ones are aris­ing or it’s just ... I don’t think there’s enough man­power, but I’m happy that they did get some­one.”

The Eska­soni RCMP de­tach­ment ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a res­i­dence on Shore Road, Tues­day, seiz­ing ap­prox­i­mately 100 il­le­gal pre­scrip­tion pills. A few days ear­lier RCMP found five ounces of mar­i­juana dur­ing a ve­hi­cle check­point in the com­mu­nity.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Mor­row said the seized pills were a mix­ture of com­monly abused painkillers Per­co­cet and OxyCon­tin.

“We’d just like to ex­tend our grat­i­tude to the com­mu­nity res­i­dents,” said Mor­row when asked about the com­mu­nity’s as­sis­tance in the ar­rest.

“It’s still a top con­cern of the com­mu­nity,” he added. “Their main con­cern is the pre­scrip­tion pills.”

A 25-year-old fe­male res­i­dent of Eska­soni was ar­rested and charged with one count of traf­fick­ing and one count of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing un­der the Con­trolled Drugs and Sub­stances Act.

Mud­lane Den­nis was re­leased from cus­tody and is sched­uled to ap­pear in Eska­soni pro­vin­cial court April 13.

A Par­ents Against Drugs chap­ter formed in Eska­soni in Novem­ber 2008, as a way of stand­ing up against drug-and-al­co­hol-abuse and to ex­press con­cern over a grow­ing num­ber of sud­den deaths on the re­serve, in­clud­ing over­dos­ing and sui­cides.

To usher in the new ini­tia­tive, par­ents, grand­par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors and po­lice of­fi­cers walked along­side chil­dren in an eight-kilo­me­tre march through the First Na­tion com­mu­nity. The rally al­lowed res­i­dents to ex­press their frus­tra­tion with lo­cal drug dealers, who they say are get­ting young peo­ple hooked on drugs like Val­ium, Per­co­cet and ec­stasy.

“Are meet­ings are to catch the young ones be­fore they get in­volved in that,” said Gould, adding the group meets ev­ery two weeks. “Our job is to keep the youth ac­tive in com­mu­nity events like dances and sports, (and) for them not to take that road.”

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