Nunavut RCMP break up homebrew operation in Pond Inlet

29-year-old man faces multiple charges under liquor laws

A 29-year-old Pond Inlet man faces charges under the Nunavut Liquor Act. Police allege he was making liquor for sale in his home. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Police in Pond Inlet have shut down a homebrew operation in the north Baffin community of about 2,200 and arrested a 29-year-old man for alleged multiple breaches of the Nunavut Liquor Act.

The RCMP did not identify the man in a news release issued on Monday.

The existence of the distillery in Pond Inlet came to light Nov. 23 when members of the local RCMP detachment were investigating an unrelated matter at a residence, the release said.

That’s when the officers came across a distiller and a small amount of homemade liquor, the release said.

They then turned their investigation to the distiller.

The Pond Inlet RCMP led the investigation with the assistance of the V Division Federal Serious and Organized Unit.

Their investigation led them to believe the alcohol was being produced for sale within the community, the RCMP release said.

Federal law prohibits home distilling. The Excise Act says you cannot produce spirits or operate a still in your home without a federal permit.

The Nunavut Liquor Act also forbids making or keeping liquor for sale “without lawful authority.”

The suspect is scheduled to make his first court appearance on March 15, 2021, the RCMP said.

The RCMP did not say where that first appearance would take place.

In their release, the RCMP sent out reminder for Nunavummiut to contact police through 867-979-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 when they see a crime happening or have information about a crime.

The RCMP also said you can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers at Text NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If you are struggling with alcohol or substance abuse, or if someone you care about having problems, the RCMP said help is available by calling the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line at 1-800-265-3333, or by visiting their website.

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(10) Comments:

  1. Posted by Boozer on

    Town should open a beer store

  2. Posted by With one eye open on

    Brewing has been going on since the ancient Egyptians and probably even before. Oh the power of the mighty yeast! Sometimes, you need a beer to wash a tasty hamburger down. Maybe a muskox hamburger?

  3. Posted by Truestory on

    Alcohol was introduced to us by the Europeans. We make it, and they freak out. Regardless if against the law or not. Bunch of hypocrites.

    • Posted by Reality on

      Alcohol bylaws in Nunavut are decided by the communities, which are largely Inuit, not “european”. Also, people in the south, regardless of their ethnic ancestry, cannot legally distill hard spirits at home either. Europeans don’t make our laws, Canadians do.

      • Posted by Thirsty on

        Anyone got any leftovers? I am thirsty and need another glass.

      • Posted by billy on

        I’m south of all y’all and we can here. Move on down here eh? I just checked my bookmark for Pond Inlet and it is 0°, maybe it was antifreeze to keep from freezing!

    • Posted by Look in the mirror on

      Dear ‘Truestory,’
      Most of us European Canadians are perpelxed and piteous at the Inuit communities who impose these draconian restrictions on alcohol. Don’t blame us, it’s your community that sets the rules, that the RCMP have to enforce those rules is incidental.

  4. Posted by End the Prohibition on

    The government would make more money taxing alcohol than they would incarcerating individuals. Making alcohol hard to get puts money in the pockets of bootleggers of the community but not in the communities pocket.

  5. Posted by Matt Doyle on

    Unfortunately alcohol has had a devastating impact on some segments of Inuit society. That said, as a previous commentor stated, its been around since ancient Egypt. In order for the community to progress prohibition must end, all it does is empower the Al Capones of the world. Addiction is a health issue not a crime, treat the addiction and perhaps the crimes lessen.

  6. Posted by Histrionic on

    It’s true, humans have been making alcoholic drinks for at least 9,000 years and probably longer. I would go so far as to suggest human species have been drinking alcohol since before we became homosapiens, though this was stuff found in nature and would probably have happened when coming across fermenting fruit. Native civilizations in the Americas invented their own versions of alcoholic drink also; see chicha made by the Incas and other South American civilizations.

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