Busy weekend for RCMP with crack on Hwy 3 and shots fired in Tuktoyaktuk

Busy weekend for RCMP with crack on Hwy 3 and shots fired in Tuktoyaktuk
Police seized more than 1,100 rocks of crack cocaine outside Yellowknife on Sept. 21.Photo courtesy of the RCMP.

Two men pulled over just outside Yellowknife by the RCMP at about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21 had more than 1,100 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine in the car.

Tanner Wade Perkes, 19, and Scott Bimson, 47, were charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Perkes was also charged with breaching court conditions and was remanded to custody. Bimson was eligible for bail.

None of the charges against either man have been proven in court, but the seizure was a victory for the Mounties.

“This short-term investigation led to the seizure of these drugs before they reached the streets of Yellowknife,” Sergeant Dea Riou said in a press release.

That’s a win for the entire community.”

The Mounties arrested another five people after seizing prepackaged crack cocaine and cash at a motel on 50th Avenue in Yellowknife and in the downtown area in two separate busts that were part of the same investigation. Charges are pending.

Gun fired in Tuktoyaktuk

Police in Tuktoyaktuk were roused in the early morning hours of Sept. 19 by a gunshot complaint.

“A resident reported hearing a loud bang, woke up, and observed a broken picture frame which had been shot with a firearm,” a police statement read. “Upon further investigation, police located further bullet holes in an additional residence.”

Investigation revealed the origin of the gunfire and a suspect, who was arrested. Criminal charges are pending against a Tuk resident for firearms offences, and mischief endangering life.

“A firearm can be an important tool for Northerners who hunt and spend time on the land,” according to the RCMP but, “all firearms must be used responsibly and stored in accordance with the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Failure to abide by firearms laws is a serious offence.”

Serious offences were the order of the day in Lutsel K’e hours earlier after a man was arrested for allegedly “screaming, yelling, and pointing a loaded shotgun at people at a residence” Saturday evening.

Ekecho Lockhart of Lutsel K’e was charged with firearms offences and remanded into custody to await a Monday court appearance. The charges against him have not been proven in court.

Burglar scared off

A Yellowknife resident got quite a shock early Sunday morning when they woke up to a hooded figure standing in their bedroom. The intruder reportedly fled when the resident, who was not described by police, flipped on the light at about 5:20 a.m. He was described as male, with dark jeans and a hooded sweater on, hood up and hasn’t been identified yet, which is where the public comes in.

Yellowknife RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to phone 867-669-1111 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at nwtnutips.com. Click on “submit a web tip” or text nwtnutips to 274637.

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