Blood Re­serve man sen­tenced to jail on drug of­fences

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz

A Blood Re­serve man has been sent to jail for three drug-re­lated of­fences, in­clud­ing an of­fence un­der the Drug En­dan­gered Chil­dren Act.

Po­lice ar­rested Fer­nando Morn­ing Owl March 17 af­ter search­ing his home in Stand­off, where they found an un­spec­i­fied amount of fen­tanyl pills. They also re­al­ized a child was in the home, and Morn­ing Owl was charged with a sin­gle count of caus­ing a child to be drug-en­dan­gered, as well as one count of drug pos­ses­sion.

Morn­ing Owl pleaded guilty Thurs­day in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court to both charges and was sen­tenced to seven days in jail on each, to be served con­cur­rently. He also pleaded guilty to one count of drug pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing re­lat­ing to a po­lice bust in Leth­bridge last Jan­uary when he was caught with fen­tanyl and ev­i­dence of traf­fick­ing.

He was sen­tenced to nine months in jail, to run con­cur­rently with the seven days, and placed on pro­ba­tion for nine months, dur­ing which he must re­ceive coun­selling and treat­ment for sub­stance abuse, life skills and par­ent­ing, and not be in the pres­ence of chil­dren un­less with a re­spon­si­ble adult. He is also pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing cer­tain firearms and weapons for 10 years, and oth­ers for life.

Ad­di­tional charges of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and fail­ure to com­ply with re­lease con­di­tions were with­drawn, and a sin­gle charge of mischief was ad­journed to Nov. 29.

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