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Man who sold pot on First Nation faces slew of charges

Chadwick McGregor accused of death threats, forcible confinement, among 23 charges
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Chadwick McGregor, who ran a recreational marijuana operation on Wahnapitae First Nation near Capreol, is now facing a host of charges, only some of which are in connection to his pot business. (Supplied)

The man who ran a recreational marijuana operation on Wahnapitae First Nation near Capreol is now facing a host of charges, only some of which are in connection to his pot business.

Chadwick Mcgregor told Sudbury.com in November 2017 that he and his girlfriend bought an office trailer and opened First Nations Medicinal in September. 

While still illegal under Canadian law, Mcgregor said at the time he though it was legal for First Nations to operate dispensaries.

"I believe I'm operating legally," he said. "I believe I'm operating under United Nations treaty rights that gives me the protection to do what I'm doing."

McGregor, 41, also said he was keeping tribal police informed of his activities, and planned to meet with the band council.

However, tribal officials have said they do not support the business, and it was raided in January. It later reopened, selling only medicinal marijuana. But last month, the Anishinabek Police Service issued a news release asking for help in locating McGregor, warning the public not to approach him, but to call police.

McGregor now faces 23 criminal charges. 

While some are related to trafficking an illegal substance, he also faces eight charges of threatening death, two charges of assault with a weapon, one assault charge, two charges of forcible confinement, one charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle, and one for breaching bail conditions.

He was in court Tuesday in Sudbury.