On December 5, 2019, the “V” Division Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit initiated an investigation related to the trafficking of cocaine in Iqaluit.

With the assistance of the Iqaluit RCMP, the Iqaluit General Investigative Section and the “V” Division Major Crimes Unit, a search warrant was executed at a residence on December 11, 2019.

The “V” Division RCMP would like to remind the public of the danger of using illegal drugs and unknown substances. Arthur C. Green/100.1 The Moose

During the search, a large number of drugs, trafficking supplies and cash were located and seized. Based on evidence collected during the investigation Iqaluit resident, Jesse Crooks was arrested and has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, production of psilocybin, and two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Crooks made his first appearance before a Justice of the peace and was remanded into custody until December 17, 2019 for the purpose of a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing.

The “V” Division RCMP would like to remind the public of the danger of using illegal drugs and unknown substances. Drugs can affect your judgment and your decision-making skills, ongoing use can lead to addictions and financial and social problems and they can have a significant negative impact on your health including early or sudden death.

Are you struggling with drug abuse? Is someone you care about having a problem? Help is available whether you need it for yourself, a friend or a family member by calling the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line at (867)-979-3333 or 1-800-265-3333, or by visiting their website at http://nunavuthelpline.ca/.

If you have information about a crime you can provide this information anonymously to the police through Crime Stoppers by calling toll free 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a tip online at www.nwtnutips.com or via text by texting NWTNUTIPS and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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