Traffic stops net drug and liquor busts across the North

Traffic stops net drug and liquor busts across the North

A traffic stop on Highway 1 northwest of Enterprise yielded a substantial drug bust last Monday evening.

Approximately 10 ounces (295 grams) of marijuana were seized from the vehicle, believed to be headed for Fort Providence.

The driver and passenger, both residents of Alberta, were found to have outstanding warrants for their arrest on non-related matters in Fort Providence.

RCMP arrested 40 year-old Sheldon Gallant and 21 year-old Katelyn Gargan for possession for the purpose of trafficking and transported the pair to the RCMP detachment in Hay River, where they were brought before a Justice of the Peace and released on bail.

Their next scheduled court appearance is in Territorial Court at Hay River on July 11.

The arrest comes days after RCMP from the Wha Ti, Gameti and Behchoko detachments performed a 24-hour check stop on the Wha Ti winter access road Feb. 25-26, resulting in several charges laid for drug and alcohol trafficking.

“As a result of this cooperative and proactive effort, large quantities of alcohol and cannabis marijuana did not reach the Tlicho communities of Wha Ti and Gameti which have alcohol prohibitions,” Cpl. Jeremie Landrie of the Wha Ti detachment said in a statement.

Another drug bust at a private residence in Hay River on Feb. 21 also saw the seizure of marijuana and several arrests.

Two adult occupants of the residence, 56 year-old Mary Jane Martin and 48 year-old Thomas William Laviolette, were arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking and approximately 169 grams of marijuana were seized, along with a small amount of cash.

They will appear before Territorial Court in Hay River on May 22.

Finally, a man has been charged for transporting alcohol into the community of Fort Good Hope from Norman Wells. RCMP caught Randy Kakfwi, 31, of Fort Good Hope entering the community via the winter road with 42 bottles (375 ml each) of vodka.

Kakfwi was charged with possessing a quantity of liquor in excess of that allowed in a seven-day period under Fort Good Hope’s liquor restrictions and driving without a valid license. He will appear before Territorial Court on April 18 in Fort Good Hope.

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