Police make arrests in connection with illegal alcohol sales in Nunavik
Arrests were part of Project Plutonium, a joint operation between Nunavik Police Service and the Sûreté du Québec
Police arrested 13 people in Nunavik and the Montreal area Wednesday morning in connection with Quebec’s illegal alcohol trade, according to a news release from the Sûreté du Québec.
The arrests were part of Project Plutonium, a joint operation between the Quebec provincial police and Nunavik Police Service. According to the release, the project “aims to dismantle a network of illegal resale of alcohol and drug trafficking in 14 communities” in northern Quebec.
The project also includes the involvement of the provincial revenue department, the Société des alcools du Québec and Canada Post inspectors.
The news release stated police charged people with fraud, concealment, trafficking of prohibited substances, conspiracy and other charges. It did not say if any alcohol was seized.
According to the release, people in Montreal have been buying alcohol to be mailed and re-sold in Nunavik for up to 12 times the original price.
“Bottles of spirits purchased in Montreal for between $15 and $25 could be resold in the North for prices of up to $200 per bottle,” the release said.