Drug busts welcomed in Eskasoni
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.”