Former Sipekne’katik Chief facing drug trafficking charges appears in court

Jerry Sack, 55, from Indian Brook First Nation, left, appeared in Shubenacadie Provincial Court Nov. 27 on drug trafficking charges/Photo by Stephen Brake

A former chief of the Sipekne’katik Band in Nova Scotia appeared in court Monday on drug trafficking charges.

Wearing a black pinstripe suit, Jerry Francis Sack, 55, appeared briefly before Judge Catherine Benton in Shubenacadie Provincial Court.

Sack’s lawyer, Ian Joyce, requested to have the matter adjourned to a later date so he has more time to go over newly disclosed material from the crown.

Sack is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 8.

The Indian Brook First Nation resident is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

According to the RCMP, Sack was charged following a traffic stop along Indian Road near Indian Brook First Nation on Oct. 6.

Police allege that Sack, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car, was found with a significant quantity of prescription pills including hydromorphone, Dialaudid and Percocet.

Sack served as a band councillor with Sipekne’katik from 1988-2007 before he was elected chief in 2007.

He was re-elected chief three times before he stepped down to return to council in 2012.

Sack chose not to re-offer for council in the Nov. 2016 band election.


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About Maureen Googoo 174 Articles

Maureen Googoo is an award-winning journalist from Indian Brook First Nation (Sipekne’katik) in Nova Scotia. She has worked in news for 30 years for media outlets such as CBC Radio, the Chronicle-Herald and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Maureen has an arts degree in political science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, a post-graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.