Rankin Inlet RCMP lay charges against man for bootlegging

March 5, 2021
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

News release


Rankin Inlet RCMP have laid charges against a man for bootlegging.

On March 1, 2021, Rankin Inlet RCMP, in collaboration with the Nunavut RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit, executed a search warrant and seized eighteen, 1114 ml (40oz), bottles of liquor.

48-year-old Travis Rusk of Rankin Inlet, is facing the following charges:

  • Unlawful Sale / Possession of Liquor, S.84 of the Liquor Act
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking, S.145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code

Preventing the sale of illegal drugs and alcohol is a top priority of the RCMP, in an effort to reduce crime in Nunavut communities. In 2020 alcohol was a contributing factor in 57% of violent crimes in Rankin Inlet.

The RCMP would like to thank residents for reporting suspicious activity in Rankin Inlet. Residents are encouraged to call the local RCMP detachment for assistance or to report criminal activity by calling (867) 645-1111. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also anonymously text a tip to Crime Stoppers, by texting NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addictions or substance abuse, or having problems, the RCMP encourage you to contact the Pulaarvik Kablu Support Line at 1-844-645-3580, the Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Helpline at 1-800-265-3333, or visit nunavuthelpline.ca.

Please see attached photo.


Contact information

Cpl. Tammy Lobb
RCMP "V" Division Media Liaison
Iqaluit, Nunavut
Media Cell: (867) 222-3977
Email: VDIV_MEDIA@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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