Saskatchewan First Nation band councillor gets one year for drug trafficking

Band councillor and former Chief of the Key First Nation has received jail time for drug and weapon charges.

Clarence Papequash of Key First Nation was suspended as a councillor after the charges were laid

Clarence Papequash was sentenced in Yorkton provincial court on drug and weapon charges. (Google Maps)

A band councillor and former chief of the Key First Nation in Saskatchewan has been sentenced to one year in jail on drug and weapon charges.

Clarence Papequash pleaded guilty in March to possession of codeine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of ammunition while prohibited.

Court heard that Mounties executed a search warrant in February at his home on the reserve east of Saskatoon. They seized 57 Tylenol 3 pills and 96 shotgun shells and cartridges.

Papequash, who is 64, was suspended as a councillor after the charges were laid.

Papequash resigned as band chief in 2014 when he was given a six-month conditional sentence for selling a morphine pill to a man working for the RCMP.

He is to be on two years of probation once he is released from jail.