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May 24, 2016

NAN CONGRATULATES NISHNAWBE-ASKI POLICE SERVICE AFTER MAJOR DRUG BUST

TIMMINS, ON (May 24, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler congratulates Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) for leading Project COAST, a major criminal investigation that has kept millions of dollars’ worth of drugs away from First Nation communities.

“We congratulate Chief Terry Armstrong and all of the officers who participated in this seven-month investigation which has seized millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics destined for NAN First Nations,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, during a press conference in Timmins today. “We are proud of these officers and their outstanding efforts to keep drugs away from our children and communities. NAPS is not funded to conduct major criminal investigations, but the success of this investigation shows the need for adequate resources including a coordinated drug unit.”

Led by NAPS, the wide-ranging investigation led to arrests from Moosonee to Ottawa, seizing more than $2 million in drugs, $250,000 in cash, several houses and other assets.

NAPS is the largest First Nation police service in Canada and the second largest in North America, employing more than 134 uniform officers and 30 civilians. Based in Thunder Bay, NAPS polices 35 communities across NAN territory, which encompasses nearly two-thirds of the Province of Ontario.

NAPS is not a mandated police service, but funded as a program through agreements with the federal and provincial government. Standards that apply to the Ontario Provincial Police and municipal police forces to not apply to NAPS, leaving detachments chronically underfunded and under-resourced.

NAN acknowledges the efforts of all police services involved in the investigation including the Anishinabek Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Timmins Police Service and the Ottawa Police Service.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email tpiche@nan.on.ca.

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