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Blood Tribe police arrest common law couple for trafficking fentanyl in Standoff – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 16, 2018

STANDOFF, Alta. _ A common-law couple has been arrested for trafficking fentanyl in a southern Alberta First Nation that declared a state of emergency after a spike in overdoses earlier this month.

The Blood Tribe arrested and charged 40-year-old Fernando Morning Owl and 35-year-old Olivia Bull Calf, both of the Blood Tribe, on Wednesday for allegedly trafficking drugs in Standoff.

Morning Owl has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Bull Calf has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A search warrant was executed by police at the couple’s home.

Officers seized fentanyl and suboxone pills, as well as cash and cell phones.

The Blood Tribe declared a state of local emergency last week after dealing with at least 30 overdoses in the previous seven days, including one death.

Indigenous leaders said at the time they need more money from the federal and Alberta governments to pay for overtime and other costs.

The First Nation said it has received more than 200 naloxone kits and will hold training sessions this weekend on how to use them to prevent overdoses.


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