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Police pursue Nass charges

CHARGES are pending for two of three busts made by RCMP officers in the Nass Valley earlier this year.

Police have recommended charges under the liquor act against two brothers, said Lisims/Nass Valley RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Donovan Tait, adding that the police are still investigating.

Those charges are unlawful sale of liquor and supply liquor to a minor.

On February 2, officers made arrests at what they called a  “sophisticated crime operation” after executing a search warrant on a residence in Laxgalts’ap (Greenville).

Police seized nearly $3,000 in cash, two firearms and 24 grams of “rock” cocaine, reported police at the time.

Also seized were seven unopened 18-pack cases of beer, three cases of vodka and a flat of coolers, said police.

The residence was well-known for bootlegging liquor, trafficking drugs and other illegal activity, said police.

Counterfeit money was also found and was believed to be distributed as change to unsuspecting buyers, said police.

In another high profile case, no charge recommendations are being forwarded yet but police continue to investigate after they raided a residence also used as the Greenville postal outlet.

“The suspects are in different stages of treatment and there will be some ‘cultural sanctions’  I believe as well,” said Tait of the results of the case so far.

On February 10, three adults and a youth were taken into custody after officers executed a search warrant on the residence.

The search confirmed “heavy drug activity” inside the house and officers found evidence of cocaine there, Tait said at that time.

Police also seized an undisclosed amount of cash from the residence, added Tait.

The four people were released as they hadn’t been charged yet and police continue to investigate, he added.

Postal services were moved to the Greenville band office.

Canada Post spokesperson John Caines said later that its Greenville postmaster had resigned and a new one was being sought.

Meanwhile, police will be forwarding charge recommendations in the near future after a bust at another Greenville residence, said Tait.

On February 24, police executed a search warrant at a residence and seized 163 dime bags of marijuana individually packaged with an estimated street value of $1,600 and nearly $400 cash in small denominations, reported police at that time.

A man who lived at the house, which was well-known to police, was arrested, said police.

Police described the residence as a brisk, street level, marihuana sales operation, said Tait said at that time.

Police will be seeking charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, added Tait.

 

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