Woman busted for crack in Kuujjuaq

Pot, booze also seized in Nunavik last week


Police in Kuujjuaq arrested a woman who had arrived from Montreal when they determined she was carrying eight grams of crack cocaine last Friday.

The woman was traveling back to her home community of Kangirsuk.

The Kativik Regional Police Force obtained a warrant to search the woman and her belongings, acting on a tip from the Montreal-based Combined Aboriginal Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

The eight grams of crack found in the woman’s possession were in the form of several “rocks.”

Crack cocaine is derived from powder cocaine, which is dissolved in a solution of baking soda and water. When this solution is boiled, a solid substance separates from the boiling mixture. This solid substance, crack, is removed and allowed to dry.

Police say they have previously seized quantities of crack cocaine in Inukjuak.

“We have to find the resources and funding to address this,” said KRPF police chief Brian Jones. “It’s not going away.”

In connection with the seizure of crack cocaine of May 19, Kitty Kudluk, 23, of Kangirsuk now faces drug-related charges. Kudluk is back home, on an undertaking to respect several conditions, until her court appearance on June 12 in Kuujjuaq.

Police also seized slightly more than a kilo of pot in Salluit last week, again by acting on a tip from the Combined Aboriginal Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

The seized pot, with a street value of $60,000 in Nunavik, was found in a shipment along with a 60-ounce bottle of vodka, a king-sized can of beer, four packs of gum and a toothbrush.

During other seizures last week in Salluit, police also nabbed a large quantity of booze.

Three different individuals who were heading to Kuujjuaq and Akulivik were implicated in these seizures.

Earlier this week, an Aupaluk man, who had recently been in Montreal, was also found with 90 grams of pot and several bottles of booze in his possession.

Police say in all these seizures the municipal leaders were consulted and worked alongside constables to make sure the drug operations were carried through successfully.

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