Manslaughter Charges Laid in Pickle Lake

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DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES LAID IN PICKLE LAKE

PICKLE LAKE – On October 14, 2018, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Pickle Lake Detachment responded to two separate occurrences where a Pickle Lake resident and a Mishkeegogamang resident ingested medication that they believed to be pharmaceutical produced Percocet (oxycodone). The pills ingested are currently believed to be illicit opioids made to look like pharmaceutically produced medication. Both people became unconscious as a result of the drug ingested and a 29-year-old Mishkeegogamang resident died.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, the following accused have been charged with Manslaughter contrary to section 236(b) of the Criminal Code.

  • Jack MOORE, 59 years-old of Pickle Lake;
  • Charlene MASAKEYASH, 37 years-old of Mishkeegogamang First Nation; and
  • Joyce MASAKEYASH, 36 years-old of Mishkeegogamang First Nation.

Jack MOORE was also charged with Unlawfully Cause Bodily Harm contrary to section 269 of the Criminal Code. All three are scheduled to appear at the Pickle Lake Ontario Court of Justice on May 10, 2019.

Members of the OPP North West Region Crime Unit, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau in cooperation with Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS), under the direction of Detective Inspector Chris Landry of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Any person with information regarding this investigation should immediately contact the Pickle Lake OPP at 1-807-928-2211 or toll-free at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS). You can also submit information online at www.tipshelp.com. Being anonymous, you will not be required to testify in court and information you provide may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Police are warning the public about the dangers of illicit drug use. Some illicit drug manufacturers produce products that look like professionally made pharmaceutical medications. Like any illicit drug, it is almost impossible for the user to know what these pills contain. People in the NorthWest Region have unknowingly overdosed or died after ingesting professional looking illicit drugs.