A Sachigo Lake First Nation community member has been evicted and removed from the community after a $140,000 drug seizure by members of Chief and Council.

On May 17, Sachigo Lake’s Chief and Council joined a local Band Constable to conduct a search on a Band home, after a tip from a community member.

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service was notified of the search, and officers confirmed they were unable to participate. As a result, they observed the scene from a distance as Chief and Council and the local Band constable conducted the search.

During the search, Chief and Council confiscated drugs, drug paraphernalia and over $141,000 in Canadian currency. It’s believed the cash is from the proceeds of drug trafficking, and the community member has been evicted following a Band Council Resolution.

“Sachigo Lake First Nation will not tolerate illicit drug activity in the community” stated Chief Robert Beardy. “The leadership will, without hesitation, remove anyone participating in the making or selling of narcotics.”

At this point, no charges have been laid by the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service.

Beardy notes the community does have a by-law in effect to protect community members from illicit drugs and alcohol. The Sachigo Lake community is located north of Sioux Lookout.