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NEWS: Nunavut January 21, 2013 - 9:35 am

In three separate busts, Nunavut cops grab seven pounds of weed

Police estimate resale value at about $100,000

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut RCMP members seized seven pounds of marijuana, along with some illegal liquor, and laid charges against four men following a series of arrests and seizures between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17.

On Jan. 11, police arrested a man “believed to be involved in the transportation of marihuana [sic] into the territory through Iqaluit,” police said in a press release.

During the arrest, police seized about five pounds of marijuana and some alcohol, police said.

The man, who is not named, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

On Jan. 12, police arrested another two men, who are not named, and seized two pounds of marijuana and eight bottles of illegal liquor.

One man is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, while the other is charged with unlawful possession of liquor under the Nunavut Liquor Act.

And on Jan. 17, police raided a house in the 2500s section of Iqaluit.

There, they found a quantity of marijuana they believe was being prepared for sale.

A man who was arrested at the house faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

“All of the drugs seized in the above files are believed to have been destined for the streets of Iqaluit, and various communities around the territory,” police said.

The RCMP estimates that if the seized quantities of marijuana were broken down for sale on the street, they would likely fetch about $100,000.

All of the accused persons have been released on promises to appear in court, police said.

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