Shamattawa brings in special officers to contain drug, booze smuggling

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A remote northern community is giving trained safety officers the authority to search vehicles coming in as they desperately try to keep drugs and alcohol out. A resolution passed by the Shamattawa First Nation Band Council says there has been an increase in “drug activity” including both usage and trafficking, and they have declared a state of emergency in the community located more than 900 kilometres north of Winnipeg. In Shamattawa, all recreational drugs, cannabis and alcohol are banned, but according to the resolution people and drug and alcohol traffickers are still finding ways to get them in, and in many cases selling them for a profit, often by bringing them in on the community’s winter road, or on ATVs or snowmobiles. The…

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