RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, Who Smoked Marijuana on Job, Found Dead

A New Brunswick Mountie who made national headlines for smoking medical marijuana while in uniform last year has been found dead.

The death of RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis was confirmed to CBC News by Pat Polchies, a councillor with the Kingsclear First Nation.

Francis’s lawyer T.J. Burke said Francis died around 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. There is no word on the cause of death.

Chief Gabriel Atwin of Kingsclear First Nation was emotional as he spoke Monday evening.

“It’s a tragic, tragic event,” he said. “Tragic loss to our community. Ron was not only a good friend of mine, and a great community member, but also a family member of mine. It’s a tragic event.”

Francis was a 21-year RCMP veteran who was serving with the force’s J Division in Fredericton, and had been facing six criminal charges.

He was set to stand trial in September on the six charges, including two counts of assaulting fellow officers and one count of breaching an undertaking to not possess or consume alcohol and non-prescription drugs.

He pleaded guilty to three of the counts just before his three-day trial was to begin. The other charges were dropped. His sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.