Drugs and firearms seized by Inuvik RCMP, two from Edmonton arrested

Inuvik, Northwest Territories – Inuvik RCMP have charged two persons for firearms and drug related offences.

On Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, Inuvik RCMP learned an individual subject to a recognizance out of Alberta was at a hotel in Inuvik and in breach of his release conditions.

Inuvik RCMP attended the hotel and apprehended the individual. During the arrest, police observed drug paraphernalia in the room. Three additional occupants of the room were arrested for possession.

Police were granted a Search Warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), for the hotel room and one of 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.

(RCMP) Seized firearms and drug paraphernalia
(RCMP) Seized firearms and drug paraphernalia

As a result, two individuals were charged with drug possession and firearm related offences.

28-year-old Tyler Christensen 21-year-old Mariah Sharphead were remanded into custody. Both are from Edmonton, AB.

“Drug trafficking has a profoundly negative impact on our community. The consequences are widespread, ranging from negative health, social and financial outcomes to an increased risk of exposure to violence” states Sergeant Grant Thom, Inuvik RCMP Detachment Commander.

Christensen and Sharphead appeared in Yellowknife Territorial Court on February 17, 2020.

Anyone with information on suspicious activity is asked to call Inuvik RCMP at 777-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.

Northwest Territories RCMP

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