Piikani Nation RCMP arrest male for drug trafficking

Piikani Nation, Alta. - On Feb. 1, 2024, Piikani Nation RCMP entered into a drug investigation in relation to the trafficking of illicit substances on the Nation. This was a result of receiving a complaint of a suspected drug transaction happening behind a local convenience store.

Police attended the local convenience store and located two male suspects. Both males were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance. In a search incidental to arrest, officers located the following:

  • Percocet pills
  • Canadian currency
  • A scale
  • Three throwing knives 

As a result of further investigation, on Feb. 2, 2024, RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the Townsite of Brocket, Alta. As a result of this search warrant, the following was located and seized:

  • 2.23 grams of purple, yellow and orange suspected Fentanyl
  • 0.54 grams of suspect Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Multiple scales, tin foil
  • A pellet gun
  • Several edged weapons including axes, machetes and knifes

Jonah Shining Double (41), a resident of Piikani Nation, was charged with the following offences:

  • Trafficking a controlled substance – fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – crystal methamphetamine 
  • Possession of proceeds of crime
  • Possession of Items used to traffic in a controlled substance
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x 3
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon
  • Possession of a controlled substance

After a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Shining Double was remanded into custody until his next court appearance on Feb. 5, 2024, for a show cause hearing at the Alberta Court of Justice in Lethbridge, Alta.  

The second suspect was released without charges.

Piikani Nation recently declared a state of emergency over an opioid crisis. Piikani RCMP are dedicated to doing whatever they can to get these illegal drugs off the Nation. RCMP are encouraging the public to report any crime. To remain anonymous, please use of Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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