These bottles of whisky and vodka are now in the possession of the Rankin Inlet RCMP following a seizure on March 1.
photo courtesy of the RCMP

Rankin Inlet RCMP seized a substantial volume of alcohol on March 1 and laid bootlegging charges against a 48-year-old man.

The liquor totalled 18 bottles of 1,114-millilitre vodka and whisky, confiscated after executing a search warrant.

Travis Rusk faces charges of unlawful sale/possession of liquor and failure to comply with an undertaking.

“Preventing the sale of illegal drugs and alcohol is a top priority of the RCMP, in an effort to reduce crime in Nunavut communities,” the Mounties stated in a Friday afternoon news release. “In 2020 alcohol was a contributing factor in 57 per cent of violent crimes in Rankin Inlet. The RCMP would like to thank residents for reporting suspicious activity in Rankin Inlet.”

The police have confiscated large volumes of alcohol in Rankin Inlet multiple times over the past several months.

Residents are encouraged to call the local RCMP detachment for assistance or to report criminal activity by calling (867) 645-1111. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also anonymously text a tip to Crime Stoppers, by texting NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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