On September 11, the Lutsel K’e RCMP intercepted a shipment of liquor destined for the community. The Detachment seized 25 mickeys of Smirnoff Vodka from a vehicle after receiving information of someone bringing liquor into the community on a scheduled flight. The vehicle’s driver was given a warning.
The RCMP often receive requests from community leaders to randomly search people, vehicles and luggage, to prevent drugs and liquor from entering the community. While these requests are very well-intentioned, the RCMP respects the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which affords people in Canada the right to be free from such random searches.
In this case, the community provided specific information to the local detachment which provided them the grounds to search the vehicle and make the seizure. It is an excellent example of the community and police working together in partnership to improve the overall wellness of our isolated communities.
Anyone who has information about bootlegging or any other crime impacting the wellness of their community is asked to contact their local RCMP.