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RCMP bust alleged bootleggers in Nass Valley

POLICE FOUND a stash of liquor in a house in Gingolx when they executed a search warrant Aug.31. - LISIMS/NASS VALLEY RCMP
POLICE FOUND a stash of liquor in a house in Gingolx when they executed a search warrant Aug.31.
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TWO ADULTS face charges after Lisims/Nass Valley RCMP executed a search warrant on a home in Gingolx.

After several months of investigation, and on the heels of addressing the Terrace Chamber of Commerce, police detained an adult male and female and searched the residence in the 1700 block of Volunteer St., a place police say is well-known for bootlegging liquor in the small Nisga'a village, reported police Aug. 31.

Officers seized two sealed cases of 26-ounce Smirnoff vodka, more than 40 cans of liquor cooler drinks, score sheets, liquor store receipts totalling $1,200 for August and a small calibre rifle, said police.

"The male resident of the home has been doing a brisk business re-selling liquor at twice the price – we have information that he has been doing this for quite some time...," said Sgt. Donovan Tait, officer in charge of the Lisims/Nass Valley RCMP.

"Unfortunately his customers are usually those who are alcohol dependent, on social assistance or otherwise marginalized.

"This illegal activity just creates victims and we see the tragic results."

Police will be seeking charges of unlawful sale of liquor as officers continue to investigate.

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