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Man charged with bootlegging, selling alcohol to minor in Iqaluit

Iqaluit RCMP have charged a 29-year-old Iqaluit man with several violations of the Nunavut Liquor Act, including selling alcohol to a minor, after seizing twenty-one 60-ounce bottles of liquor and a large amount of cash from a residence in the city on Wednesday.

These are the bottles of alcohol that RCMP confiscated from an Iqaluit residence after executing a search warrant on Wednesday.
photo courtesy of the RCMP

Gabriel Martinez has been released from custody and is due to return to court on Aug. 20 to answer to the charges.

"Bootlegging remains to be a concerning issue that is harming our beautiful communities and I encourage people to come forward to help reduce the harm and help keep our communities safe" RCMP Cpl. Jamie Savikataaq stated in a Thursday news release.

Nunavut RCMP would like to remind residents that anyone can report or provide information on illegal activities including bootlegging by calling your local RCMP detachment or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477. You can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously. Text NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Help for those struggling with addictions is available by calling the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line at 1-800-265-3333, or by visiting their website at

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