August 18, 2007

Addictions worker brings whiskey to rez

Feds probe case of native addictions worker charged with liquor offenceHealth Canada is deciding how to deal with an addictions worker on the Pauingassi First Nation who was charged several weeks ago with illegally transporting dozens of bottles of alcohol to the dry reserve.

The addictions worker, Nancy Keeper, admits she had 161 bottles of whisky with her when she was stopped by police, but told CBC News the liquor was for personal use, not for bootlegging or resale.

Keeper said she'd just returned from a baseball tournament in Ontario, and the liquor was for a celebration she was planning with 14 friends.

Pauingassi is a dry reserve; it is illegal to bring alcohol into the community.

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