First incident does nothing to deter Kugaaruk booze smuggler

Bottles of vodka
Kugaaruk-bound vodka seized by police.
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Either somebody’s paying a lot for alcohol in Kugaaruk, or somebody isn’t learning their lesson.

For the second time in just over a week, Yellowknife RCMP have uncovered a large quantity of vodka stashed in luggage heading from the NWT capital to the Nunavut community.

On December 22, police stepped in when airport officials found 28 mickeys of vodka in luggage.

Fast-forward to Wednesday of this week and RCMP beat their personal best, seizing 26 mickeys (375 ml each) plus two 1.75-litre bottles, all tucked away for the voyage to Kugaaruk – where alcohol is prohibited.

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On top of that, carrying that much alcohol on a flight is well over the usual personal limit of five litres per passenger.

After last week’s episode, police said no charges were filed. This time, we’re told: “Charges are being investigated.”

In neither instance was the passenger in question identified in the police news release. It’s possible, given the absence of charges the first time around, that the alleged culprit on both occasions was the same individual.

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