Woman facing drug, weapons charges, asks N.B. court for more time to get lawyer

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A Mosquito First Nation woman facing drug trafficking and firearms charges asked the court for more time to get a lawyer.

Rae Ahenakew, 40, appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court by phone on March 8 and said she needs another week to get money for a lawyer.

Ahenakew and three others were arrested last September during a traffic stop by the RCMP gang unit in North Battleford on Railway Avenue. Police say officers initiated a traffic stop on two vehicles. They say one occupant was known to police and had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police saw weapons in one of the vehicles and arrested the four from both vehicles. They searched the vehicles and found a firearm, a Taser, weapons, cocaine, meth and marijuana.

Ahenakew is charged with possession of cocaine and meth for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, and obstructing a police officer.

Shynia Skeavington, 24, of Mosquito First Nation, Matthew Greer, 34, and Desiree Hinse, 24, both of Biggar, were also charged with weapons and drug-related offences.

Ahenakew appears next on March 15, Skeavington on March 17, and Greer on March 25.

Last month Hinse pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, obstruction of a peace officer, unlawful possession of a substance, driving while prohibited, and failing to comply with conditions. She will be sentenced March 22.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist