Two people have been charged with firearm and drug-related offenses by the Inuvik RCMP.
According to an RCMP news release, on Wednesday, February 12 the Inuvik RCMP learned an individual was violating his bail conditions out of Alberta was at a hotel in Inuvik and in breach of his release conditions.
Inuvik RCMP entered the hotel and arrested the individual. However, during the arrest, the RCMP discovered drug paraphernalia in the room.
“Drug trafficking has a profoundly negative impact on our community,” Sgt. Grant Thom, the Inuvik RCMP Detachment Commander said “The consequences are widespread, ranging from negative health, social and financial outcomes to an increased risk of exposure to violence”
According to a statement by the RCMP, “Police were granted a Search Warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), for the hotel room and one for the suspect’s vehicle. As a result of the search, three shotguns, ammunition, drugs, digital scales, cell phones and packaging materials were seized by police.”
Julie Plourde is the Media Relations Officer for the Northwest Territories RCMP in Yellowknife, NT.
“During their search, Inuvik RCMP seized an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine and another drug, which is in the process of being tested to determine the type,” Plourde said.
The discovery by police led to two individuals being charged with drug possession and firearm-related offenses according to the RCMP.
Tyler Christensen, 28 and Mariah Sharphead, 21, were remanded into custody. Both are from Edmonton.
Christensen and Sharphead appeared in Yellowknife Territorial Court on February 17.