Investigators with the Wood Buffalo RCMP managed to track down a load of marijuana before it was able to fly its way into Fort Chipewyan earlier this month thanks to an anonymous tip.
RCMP received a report on the afternoon of Nov. 1 that a male at McMurray Aviation’s hanger had a shipment of marijuana and was headed into Fort Chip.
After a short investigation by the police traffic unit using its interdiction dog, 5.2 kg of marijuana were located and seized.
Robert Dolbec, 33, of Fort Chipewyan was arrested as a result and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
He has since been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on Nov. 26, 2013.
“The amount of marijuana seized is a significant amount,” said Natasha Lytwenko, community relations officer with Wood Buffalo RCMP.
She said any form of transportation can be used to smuggle drugs into Fort Chipewyan, and that the RCMP continue to investigate complaints of illegal drugs along with their daily investigations.
She could not say whether more confiscated drugs had historically been smuggled into the community by air, boat or winter road traffic.