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Mark Rendell

A Month of Guns, Drugs and Busts: RCMP Wrap Up Project Gloomier

It's been a busy, eventful four weeks for law enforcement in YK.

Twenty-three people face drug trafficking charges as a month of intensive RCMP anti-drug operations comes to a close in Yellowknife.

“In addition to the arrests and seizures which were previously reported on September 1st, 21st and 22nd,” according to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, “the RCMP has arrested an additional six individuals for drug trafficking, with warrants issued for the arrest of two others.”

The month-long “Project Gloomier,” which included several high-profile drug busts, netted “significant quantities of crack cocaine, as well as Oxycodone, Fentanyl, marihuana, hash oil, Percocet pills, and anabolic steroids… as well as the previously reported firearms and approximately $25,000 in Canadian and US Currency.”

Three vehicles which RCMP believe were used to facilitate drug trafficking were also seized, including a taxi.

“Not only did this investigation disrupt several trafficking networks,” says Sergeant Dean Riou of the G Division Federal Investigations Unit in the press release, “it also provided valuable insight into the local illicit drug trade, which police can use on future investigations.”

More arrests and charges are expected following from the investigation.

“We are aware of other groups and individuals who have chosen to sell drugs in the Northwest Territories and we remain committed to holding these people accountable for their actions,” stated Sergeant Dean Riou.

Project Gloomier timeline:

Sept 1: Sixteen people were arrested and eight charged following three raids – in Northland Trailer Park and on Con Road and Jeske Crescent – that netted more than 100 individually packaged rocks of cocaine, fentanyl, several firearms, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash. Of the eight people charged with possession and/or trafficking, seven were from Yellowknife and one from Alberta.

Sept 21: Two people were arrested and 1,100 pre-packaged rocks of crack cocaine seized during a “targeted vehicle stop” on Highway 3 just outside Yellowknife.

Sept 22: Five people were arrested at an unmanned motel on 50th Ave where RCMP seized “a quantity crack cocaine prepackaged for sale, and cash.” Two further people were arrested with a “quantity of prepackaged crack cocaine” in the “downtown area.”