Iqaluit RCMP make booze bust in Apex

Ray Shipman, 55, faces charges under Nunavut’s liquor laws

The Iqaluit RCMP seized 36 bottles of liquor from an Apex home on Monday, May 4. They estimate the liquor has a street value of $5,760. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)

By Nunatsiaq News

A Nunavut man faces bootlegging charges, after Iqaluit RCMP made what they describe as a “significant” seizure of alcohol in Apex.

On Monday, May 4, the RCMP executed a search warrant at an Apex home and seized 36 60-ounce bottles, which they estimate to have a total street value of $5,760.

Ray Shipman, 55, of Iqaluit has been charged with two offences under Nunavut’s liquor laws: keeping liquor for sale without lawful authority, and selling liquor without lawful authority. His next scheduled court appearance is July 16.

The Iqaluit RCMP is asking anyone with information about bootlegging in the community to call them at 867-979-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also anonymously text a tip to Crime Stoppers, by texting NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addictions or substance abuse, the RCMP says to please contact the Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Helpline at 1-800-265-3333 or visit

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