Blackfeet council releases names from drug charge arrests
The Blackfeet Tribal Court has released the names of the nine people who were recently arrested on drug charges at the home of the Blackfeet Nation tribal chairman. The arrests came after the Blackfeet Nation declared a state of emergency following a series of fentanyl overdoses and deaths.
The Blackfeet Tribal Court’s chief justice initially sealed the case following the arrests last week. The court and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Blackfeet tribe, Josh Lamson, unsealed the case, releasing the names of the nine individuals arrested at the home of Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Chairman Timothy Davis. Six of those arrested share the Davis last name.
Charges range from criminal sale and possession of dangerous drugs to child endangerment.
Chairman Davis was not home when law enforcement searched his residence and has not been arrested. In a text message to MTPR, he said, “This terrible miscarriage of justice is a sham and was fake news and a political witch-hunt against me and my family.”
All eight who were charged pleaded not guilty. A pre-trial date has been set for later this month.