RCMP seize liquor in Kugluktuk; 4 people face charges

Announcement follows community’s decision earlier this week to reimpose alcohol sale restrictions

Four people face charges after RCMP seized alcohol in Kugluktuk over the past three weeks. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.


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(13) Comments:

  1. Posted by Release their names on

    Rcmp should have a public list of everyone who get charged with bootlegging kind of like sex offender registry in usa

  2. Posted by enosamm on

    Sgt. Pauline Melanson? Wasn’t she a CPL last week?

    • Posted by uninformed on

      Maybe she got promoted? I can be wrong, though.

      • Posted by enosamm on

        I thought they had to leave to get promoted? Nunatsiaq News should do a profile on RCMP members they work with so the public can see where the information is coming from.

        • Posted by uninformed on

          I’m pretty sure all that information can be obtained from the RCMP or even on their Facebook page. Nunatsiaq News shouldn’t really have to report who got promoted to what rank.

    • Posted by Markus Garvie on

      Yes she was promoted recently. They announced it on RCMP facebook page last week I think

  3. Posted by Kitikmeot Resident on

    Way to go RCMP, keep it up! They should work and contribute to society not create social and family problems. Very happy for this, more busts please, keep it up. Still more out there.

  4. Posted by hermann kliest on

    What about the big booze bust in Arviat last week? The RCMP truck has to back up to the airplane to unload the booze (boxes), is there a difference between the little guy(s) and the influential big guy(s) when it comes to bootlegging charges?

  5. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    this is great to see.

    now if they could have the same type of busts in Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk that would be awesome!

    anyone who preys on the addictions of others should be ashamed of themselves. especially when it takes money away like social assistance and child tax from families.

    I don’t mind the occasional four pack once a year while out on the road but your children should never have to see their parents snot slobbering drunk. a healthy lifestyle is one that should be enjoyed by young ones and a safe and healthy home is crucial for their wellbeing.

    people remember a few years ago when one of the main bootleggers in Kugluktuk was busted with 20 kilograms of marijuana. how in the hell he got off so light is beyond me. but hey, maybe this arrest will finally put him under the microscope. one would hope.

    • Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

      I am convinced that if you have bootlegger(s) in your community and you advise the RCMP, they will eventually get their man(woman).
      But that is what it takes. The community helping the RCMP instead of the other way around.
      Well done Kugluktuk.

  6. Posted by Jimmy on

    And to those who claim that alcohol controls are bad and that the bootleggers will profit:

    The bootleggers have been doing business during the entire time that there were NO liquor controls. They didn’t just start doing this a few days ago. Now, thanks to the restrictions, we can expect some enforcement and the bootleggers will NOT be profiting. Quite the contrary – their profits will (hopefully) go toward some major fines and they may even get some jail time.


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