Iqaluit man faces new bootlegging charges

Gabriel Martinez, 29, faces second set of charges involving illegal possession liquor

RCMP in Iqaluit arrested and charged a man for possessing alcohol with the intent to sell it illegally. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Iqaluit RCMP arrested 29-year old Gabriel Martinez on June 30 and charged him with keeping liquor for sale without lawful authority.

Just eight days earlier, the RCMP had announced similar charges against Martinez. On June 24 the RCMP arrested and charged Martinez for possessing alcohol and cash.

For the most recent charges, the RCMP seized 20 60-ounce bottles of alcohol from Martinez.

In a news release sent out on Thursday, July 2, the RCMP said Martinez was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 20, 2020.

The arrest was part of an ongoing Liquor Act investigation into allegations of bootlegging.

In the release, Cpl. Jamie Savikataaq encourages Nunavummiut to “support our efforts in identifying those who cause harm from bootlegging.”

This can be done by reporting information by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, texting Crime Stoppers at NWTNUTIPS plus message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by calling your local RCMP detachment.

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