Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay men charged with liquor offences
RCMP seize 245 bottles of liquor, beer in three hamlets
Two men face alcohol-related charges after RCMP seized more than 245 bottles and containers of liquor, beer and wine in Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay and Arviat this week.
In Iqaluit, a 78-year-old man was charged July 12 with unlawful sale of liquor and unlawful possession of liquor under the Nunavut Liquor Act.
In that instance, RCMP officers seized 219 bottles of liquor and $5,345 in cash after carrying out search warrants in the community, said Sgt. Pauline Melanson in a news release Thursday.
The accused is to appear in court Sept. 29.
On July 13, in Cambridge Bay, RCMP charged a 46-year-old man with two counts of unlawful sale of liquor. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 13.
“Recognizing that the illegal and indiscriminate sale of liquor is causing substantial harm to the community, including the death of a youth in February, the RCMP in Cambridge Bay is focused on the identification and prosecution of bootleggers in the community,” Melanson said.
In an email to Nunatsiaq News on Thursday, Melanson said a 13-year-old youth who died in February was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.320 grams alcohol per 100 ml, four times over the legal limit.
She did not provide further details about the youth’s death.
Earlier this week on July 11, RCMP in Arviat intercepted the shipment of five bottles of alcohol, three boxes of wine, 17 cans of beer and three shooters at the airport there after receiving information that two people were bringing liquor in from Winnipeg, Melanson said.
They were not charged with any offences.
“The RCMP in Arviat have seen an increase of liquor being transported into the community and would like to remind everyone that Arviat is a dry community and the possession of liquor is prohibited,” Melanson said.