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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blood Tribe Chief of Police announces new police unit to address illicit drug trade

Blood Tribe Police Service and citizens march in Moses Lake against illicit drug dealing
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Blood Tribe Police Service

The members of the Blood Tribe, their elected officials and their agencies have been expressing their deep concerns for the illicit drug trade on the Blood Reserve and a number of deaths that they believe to be related to the use of pills sold as Oxycodone. The Medical Examiner has not yet confirmed this information in relation to any of the deaths concerned.

These pills appear to be counterfeit and are not likely bonafide Oxycodone produced by a legitimate pharmaceuRcal manufacturer. They are sold illegally. They are believed to contain fentanyl which, according to the literature available, can easily lead to a physical dependency and offer a high risk of overdose and death. Illegal pills of this nature have recently been discovered in several police searches in various locations across Alberta and have been reported in the press. 

  

The Blood Tribe Police Service (BTPS) encourages anyone using these substances to stop immediately and seek assistance in dealing with substance abuse. Friends and relatives of people using these and other illicit substances are also encouraged to assist them to address their abuse and seek appropriate intervention services. The Blood Tribe has several services available through their extensive support network.

BTPS has ongoing investigations related to these concerns as expressed by the community. Because of the impact in the community two officers have been dedicated to concentrate their time exclusively to drug related investigations of this type. They have been assigned to the newly formed Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and have been chosen based on their related experience and training in drug trafficking investigations. The tactics and methods they will use will not be discussed to protect the integrity of their investigations.

The father of modern policing, Sir Robert Peel, is quoted as saying, "The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." Although this quote was made over a hundred years ago it remains true today. To be effective, the police need the public's assistance to gather information to legally support drug searches, make arrests and lay charges.

Information is needed quickly and police have to interact with witnesses to determine details of illegal activities. As a result, BTPS has instituted a new email address the public can use to provide immediate information about drug dealers to the members of CRU. EffecRve Monday, 19 January 2015 the public can confidentially email information to oxy@bloodtribepolice.com.

BTPS appreciates the support and thanks expressed by so many members of the community as a result of recent arrests and charges related to illegal drug activities in the community.

Related links:
Project Forseti - OIC North - Charges/Seizures Saskatchewan Drug Takedown: Club president, Hells Angels among arrests

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