A “special police operation” that took place in Hay River late last week was a series of drug-related raids, according to RCMP.
The raids were part of a larger operation that also involved three traffic stops between April 1 and 15. In total, eleven people have been arrested and charged as a result of this operation. The charges include possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, and resisting arrest.
On April 14, NWT RCMP confirmed an increased presence of police in the community early that morning. Police were initially unwilling to say what the operation was for, and did not respond to questions about the operation.
On Monday, the RCMP confirmed the operation was a series of drug-related raids that included dog teams and an explosive disposal team. One of these was a raid of a home that had “barricades and fortifications” installed, according to a statement.
Police seized 477 grams of crack cocaine and $52,000 in cash as a result of the operation.
Anyone with information to share is encouraged to reach out to the nearest RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.nwtnu.crimestoppersweb.com.