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.