RCMP seize liquor in Kugluktuk; 4 people face charges
Announcement follows community’s decision earlier this week to reimpose alcohol sale restrictions
RCMP in Kugluktuk say officers have seized what it describes as a significant amount of liquor over the past three weeks that was possibly being used for bootlegging.
In each instance, members of the public gave information on suspected bootlegging activities, Sgt. Pauline Melanson said in a media release.
Four people been charged with unlawful sale and possession of liquor, under the Nunavut Liquor Act, and are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 9 in Kugluktuk.
According to RCMP, officers seized 110 bottles of vodka, 48 cans of beer and four bottles of rum in total.
On Monday, Kugluktuk residents voted to bring back restrictions on the amount of alcohol that can be sold there, after voting just three years ago to lift them.
No date has been set yet, but once restrictions are back in place residents will be allowed to buy 1.775 litres of spirits and either 48 355-ml cans with eight per cent or lower alcohol content or 3.75 litres of wine every two weeks.
The restrictions will take a few months to put in place, Government of Nunavut finance department spokesperson Weichien Chan said.