Nunavut RCMP break up homebrew operation in Pond Inlet
29-year-old man faces multiple charges under liquor laws
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.