RCMP warns of dangerous ‘black rock’ cocaine

Brownish-hued drug can cause seizures; police say it is being distributed in Iqaluit

A man reported missing in Igloolik this week has been found deceased, RCMP say. His cause of death has not been deemed suspicious. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut RCMP is warning residents of a dangerous form of crack cocaine they say is being distributed in Iqaluit.

The substance has been described as having a brownish hue and is being referred to as “black rock,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Keller said in a news release Tuesday.

“Nunavut RCMP have information that the Iqaluit hospital has received patients that have been presenting with seizures as a result of a very potent crack cocaine that is being distributed in the community,” Keller said.

Seizures can cause long-term health effects and must be treated as an emergency, she said. People are urged to phone 867-979-4422 immediately if they witness someone having a seizure.

Keller added that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects witnesses and the person experiencing the overdose from facing simple drug possession charges if they are calling for emergency help during an overdose.

“If you are with someone when they are experiencing an overdose, stay and help. You can help save a life,” Keller said.

 

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  1. Posted by Road Rash on

    I’ve been told that, in days of old, when a dealer in hard drugs came to Iqaluit, he was tied behind a pick-up truck, dragged through town, and put on an airplane heading south.

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    • Posted by 868 on

      Old days are long gone buddy pubg and crack it’s all they got lol

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      • Posted by John K on

        Kids these days amirite?

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      • Posted by nadon on

        genocide in disguise

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        • Posted by Raymond on

          Maybe it’s time to take some personal responsibility for the life your leading. Show some self control

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          • Posted by Cindy on

            Drug abuse is a problem thats lime solving peace in the middle east…some just do stupid drugs like this after drinking ttusting the dealers they buy from.up there theyre arw agued by seclusion,cycles of addiction and abuse from residential schools residuals .i kinda agree but at the same time were not in the users shoes

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          • Posted by Brian Palmer on

            You try some self control with the rock…let me know how it goes

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            • Posted by Wishy on

              Well, I’ve managed to not become a user of “the rock”, despite it being all over the place. So I’d say my self control in that regard is going great. I still have empathy for those who haven’t made that choice, because they are now sick. If they wish to get well though, they must find a way to gain a measure of control. No one is saying it isn’t difficult, bur no one can do it for them. Self control is an important part of getting clean and remaining sober after recovery.

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      • Posted by Thisguyusedto on

        Yea the black rock is a mixture of the resin that forms in the glass pipes of the glass pipe it’s mixed and cooked together which is how it turns brownish or black depends on how much white pop owder they out it into he more regular cocaine the lighter the colour but it makes it stronger with the resin

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        • Posted by Sean on

          Lol. No it’s not. That would be a logistical nightmare. How would you get enough resin from pipes to make a substantial amount to flood a community? Lol, like some manufacturer is sitting in a crack house like ” you done with that pipe, buddy? Can I scrape it?” Get real. Clearly it’s something else.

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          • Posted by Abagail on

            That was the funniest comment I’ve read in awhile! ? funny but true. Lol

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          • Posted by Kason on

            Ya it’s not resin mix the plugs aren’t collecting pipes lol it’s honestly more then likely a bad batch of bathtub meth mixed into the coke which if not done right turns your blow to paste in which case cook off the impurities and have rock/meth it’s happened in Vancouver a few times

        • Posted by Lady luck on

          That’s what users call black rock, but I have a feeling this is different. Why would everyone be seizing. I think it’s a black rock with some sort of chemical or poison.

    • Posted by John K on

      Right, sure.

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    • Posted by oldinuk on

      sorry but those were the days of old, now a days the town embraces and protects those types of folks unfortunately. think about the biggest known child molester in town , is still out there selling drugs to kids and driving around acting invincible. this town has gone to shit. cops dont do anything. ive heard of multiple people who have tried to rat out dealers, only for the cops to do nothing but take notes. maybe they are really protected

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      • Posted by Kristi on

        Any small place has drugs. It’s hard enough living life sober in a city. I spent 3 yrs living on Haida Gwaii, maybe not as small and isolated as Iqaluit, but even I was surprised at the number of coke/crack dealers and they were all very busy from high end to the low end.
        I’ve had 2 seizures from crack (many years ago in early 2000’s), back when it was good stuff
        I’ve had this “black rock”, it’s good but nothing like how it was.
        Don’t be hating on Drugs, odds are you do these drugs but the legal version made by your pharmaceutical company. All drugs should be legal then we wouldn’t have these types of issues. Sure let’s make alcohol legal, that’s makes sense.

        With all that said at least drug dealers are trying to make a living for themselves..really the blame goes on the user 100%. If you can’t handle your drugs… Then don’t do them. Or own it 100% no excuses. Whole this my be the most popular unpopular opinion…..it’s the truth and you can’t change the truth.

        Thank you in advance for your time

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        • Posted by Harvey on

          “If you can’t handle your drugs”
          Really??? Thanks for clarifying that for us. It all makes sense now. The tent cities are just folks who “can’t handle” “their” drugs. They totes aren’t being preyed upon or manipulated. I mean, hell… When Mary took that first hit of the crack rock at 15 years old, she should have known. It’s all about being able to “handle” her drugs. Or the guy with the bad back who’s respectable, knowledgeable, super moral Doctor gave him Oyx’s up the ass, the guy should have trusted the doctor better, I mean it’s non addictive because slow release (haha) so it MUST be a moral failing on behalf of the guy with the bad back … Yes. It’s all so clear now. That’s why he can’t quit. Garbage take. It started well… Also: seizures? From crack?

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          • Posted by Matthew Andreou on

            Don’t leave out the part where guilt , shame and disconnection is what turns recreational use into perpetual attempted suicide. I don’t say addiction because that label also amplifies what I just stated. Mental health disorder created by the guilt and shaming from the mass groups in society on all levels

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            • Posted by Christan L Manning on

              Pretty sad when you post some form of truth you get a “thumbs down”. Herein lies the problem people in general are ignorant of addiction and it is a big factor why people don’t get help. It’s called stigma. Crack cocaine is not an easy one to get away from. Dealers know this and bank on it. Literally. I spent my whole tax refund, almost 5k one night sitting in a bathroom at home smoking. We have got to educate ourselves and do better.

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          • Posted by Rick on

            Thank you Harvey I couldn’t of said it better. I think she left out the part about drug dealers that are not the blame for selling there drugs to Kids that haven’t even had time for there brains to develop some as young as 10 to 12 years old but the drug dealer shouldn’t be blamed there just trying to make a living why would we want them punished shame on law enforcement on the public. What are we thinking. Honestly just reading her comment shows exactly what drugs do to the brain look at hers

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          • Posted by Lady luck on

            I agree.

            Also when ppl overdose on cocaine (or crack) they have a seizure. Usually when ppl are using back to back and over and over again, in a short period of time, they seize.

        • Posted by Girard shannon on

          All dealers should be drug out of town, old fashioned tar and feather. If you are dealing drugs, the entire community needs to be notified publicly so they can protect their families

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        • Posted by Ply on

          “… odds are you do these drugs but the legal version made by your pharmaceutical company.”

          No, no I don’t. If that makes you feel better to say that, okay. But no, the average person does not do the legal equivalent of cocaine or crack cocaine. And yes, legalizing hard drugs might mitigate some damage, but do you think legalization means drugs will then rain from the sky, free of charge for everyone? And people will use those drugs responsibly? That’s absurd. The medical danger will still exist and the lying and stealing to pay for these drugs will still exist.

          And you tell yourself whatever you want about drug dealers, but they are predators and are often involved in or tied to violence and sex trade. Just like bootleggers up here are not just nice guys with a bottle to sell. Up here, they are cowards who have no problem using elders and naive people as mules to get their drugs into the territory. That is the truth. Drug users are responsible for their actions. They have become sick with addiction and can recover. Drug dealers are scum and prey on that sickness.

        • Posted by Kate on

          Addiction is an inability to stop a compulsive behavior despite negative consequences. So telling someone with an addiction to just not do them if they can’t handle them is like shutting the barn door after the horse has already escaped.

      • Posted by Donna on

        This issue is not isolated to Your town. It’s an epidemic across Canada. We need to Band together and Demand/make our politicians change the Laws in order for the RCMP to be able to arrest and incarcerate guilty drug dealers and/or Known gangs and associates

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        • Posted by Look west on

          Mayo in the Yukon can now kick anyone out of public housing who is a known drug dealer or bootlegger. They move out and go to Whitehorse or Vancouver then it becomes their problem. Does Nunavut have the balls to do that?

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          • Posted by Nunavuttmiut in the East on

            Sorry, Nunavut has no b*lls, I mean a lot of our convicted criminals (including killers) get off with a slap on the wrist, our leaders are crazy (some with a history of abuse without any convictions), we have so much government hand-outs that its almost better not to work (shameful but true) and we complain about EVERYTHING, good and bad things… No B*lls

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            • Posted by Out of Our Hands on

              So much is out of our hands because of Gladue

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          • Posted by The Problem As I See It on

            “Known” – there’s the problem – not known until there is a conviction I’d bet.

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        • Posted by Mac on

          The biggest most notorious gang in canada wears a dark jacket with dark pants that has a gold stripe down each of the pant legs. Their jacket is notable by a patch on each shoulder.

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      • Posted by oh ima on

        It takes more than hear, say, if a person wants to get the drunk dealer, they need to work with the cops, let them know they are going to buy the drugs, set up a place and let the cops know, and cops can catch them in the act. That’s how you bust drug dealers and cooperate with the authorities.

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        • Posted by Ljb on

          Good way to get yourself hurt or killed

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        • Posted by Kanuwhipit on

          You have been watching too many American cops shows and movies.

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      • Posted by RbrTPast on

        Worse in city, people walk by crimes and sheeps just film. Small towns the people step in. NT prison, woman and child rapist get beating up. Your men get turned into woman and can’t survive without your mommy state holding your hand. Good Luck when they take your banks away.

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    • Posted by Jack on

      That’s exactly what other city’s and towns need to do with the ones selling poison to our kids and families!!

    • Posted by Cindy on

      They should bring that back .seriously theyre poisoning these poor ppl for money or even worse things in mind.destroying a community .THIS
      Is the VERY LAST THING Needed FOR FIRST NATION KIDS

  2. Posted by RCMP Snoozing on

    Minister of Justice,
    Please wake up the Iqaluit RCMP Drug squad, They are snoozing big time.
    Everyone in town know who are the dealers but not much is being done.
    Our children’s are in danger.
    Open a local Hot line to report those dealers.
    Not a southern hot line.
    It don’t make it up here,
    I called them before.(NOTHING Happend).
    Put tax payers money to good work.
    Oh by the way don’t advertise publicly when you do road blocks.
    Not a good tactics.
    Do Iqaluit a favor.

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  3. Posted by Name withheld on

    One thing I like to know is how are they getting it here into Iqaluit?

    2nd I like to know why we have off duty officers coming into Iqaluit wearing a thin blue line across the canadian flag?

    Yes I heard they can wear it when they are off duty on their own time, but when one is traveling to Nunavut wearing a shirt with it, I would think they are claiming duty travel.

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    • Posted by 867 on

      Who cares about that thin blue line? Doesn’t bother me even tho I think it’s dumb

      Drugs are getting in on the plane. People drive to yellowknkfe with large amounts and then put it in their carry-on bag because they don’t go thru security at yellowknife Airport unlike Montreal and ottawa Airport flights.

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      • Posted by We Should Care on

        We should care very much about the thin blue line clothing. The ideology that our civil servants hold affects how they serve, so it is very much our concern.

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        • Posted by iRoll on

          Tell us more about the ‘ideology’ of the thin blue line?

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  4. Posted by Common sense on

    The good Samaritan calls and won’t get charged with possession. But I bet their drugs will be seized. This alone will prevent people from. Calling for help asap.
    It’s winter, drugs are coming in on the airplane. So simple to just bring drug sniffing dog to every flight, and cargo flight.

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    • Posted by Relentless on

      Common sense eh… How about this for some common sense, all of you cut down the users and dealers when both of them are just trying to find a way to cope or survive in life. The ones who are really to blame are the government.. who do u think brings drugs into the country??army, feds, cops, the rich.. there the root cause. Everyone just looking for a payday.im so sick of hearing whining about the users or the dealers when it’s the “public pillars of the community” making it possible. They will never get rid of drugs completely. It’s all part of society that gives ppl jobs.thousands of jobs… So you can all bitch till your blue in the face!every single person on this planet has some type of poison in there life . Which means your all hypocrites. Drugs ain’t going no where.ever..life is all about choices. Where ever you are is cuz of what u chose.

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      • Posted by Countryboy999 on

        Great comment. I believe the best on this page. It’s so true the real problem are the millionaires who have the money to bring large amounts of illegal drugs into the country. The ones that are busted are the ones not paying off officials and they get ratted out by guys who are paying off officials.

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    • Posted by Not So Easy on

      Not so simple at all when you are familiar with the laws around this and the logistics of drug dogs. They are a rare and easily tired resource. There is no way to check all flights.

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  5. Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

    Don’t blame the RCMP. Blame the buyers. If YOU know that an individual is dealing or bootlegging booze, are you ready to go to court as a witness? If not, then you are the third person to blame. Stop blaming the RCMP, not their fault you don’t support them.

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  6. Posted by Jojo Cormier on

    It seems like the Cartel is running Mexico in the Drug wars , I’m guessing it won’t be long before Canada is going to be the Same as Mexico before long if the Dealers & the Underground corruption in Canada is not taking serious soon. Furthermore when the Criminals in Canada have more Rights than the people working in Canada trying to make ends meet trying to raise a family then there is something serious wrong in the country we call Canada ??.

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  7. Posted by Cold inuk on

    Nunavut should start a program where you can rat out coke dealers white names and get paid if they get busted lmfao

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  8. Posted by Not the Only Danger on

    The date rape drug has been here for a few years, too. I learned of 2 young men who spent the summer of 2020 gang raping young girls. I reported it to the RCMP and nothing happened. Crickets.
    People need to start looking out for themselves and each other.

    • Posted by Yup on

      Agree. The RCMP needs a complete overhaul. They need to remain a lot more neutral when handling situations, not try and provide advice or feedback. Make their decisions based on what they can do and do it without placing judgement on the people they’re helping/dealing with. As a white woman in Iqaluit with no criminal record, I have had very bad experiences with the RCMP, and I don’t trust them.

      • Posted by You Ma’am on

        Are a Karen

  9. Posted by Mistypartlycloudy on

    I wrote a pretty long reply to everyone as i used to be in the game in small town bc 10+ years ago. From bottom to top to where the police played a part in it and how it all worked. It’s not really rocket science or a bug secret but not everyone knows. Apparently this news site doesn’t want you all to know explaining why you have problems about the police not doing something. I have the answer and it will make sense when you know why not that it’s right but it gives a good understanding anyway. I guess they want to keep you in the dark because there were no violations just the way it works. Sorry, I tried. If this gets put through and anyone wants to know you can use my user name at the most popular fee email site there is that you pretty much have to have when you own a android phone 🙂

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  10. Posted by modern times on

    Nunavut needs its own home grown addictions/treatment center, where they heal in the place they were hurt. thats how healing happens. they are sent south for treatment, they come home, its all forgotten in a short amount of time.
    Get a treatment centre, involve the general public, grow interest, help heal, drug use should go down. heal the hurt first.

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