Police say they’re working with partner agencies to keep the territory’s border safe and secure during the Covid-19 pandemic — efforts that have flagged falsified documents while halting the flow of illicit drugs.

In a news release issued by NWT RCMP on Wednesday, criminal operations officer Superintendent Jeff Christie said the force has been working closely with the GNWT Enforcement Taskforce on issues of “mutual concern.”

Those concerted efforts recently resulted in drug charges against three Edmonton men attempting to enter the territory.

In another recent incident, police say an individual was charged with using falsified documents in an attempt to cross the NWT border.

“On the topic of cross-border alleged drug trafficking activity, NT RCMP continues to investigate all criminal activity reported and conduct drug investigations, whether for a short or long term,” say RCMP.

At the same time, police are working to tackle the “root causes of the demand for illicit drugs,” while probing drug trafficking — and other illegal activity and organized crime — across the territory.

“With Covid-19 still an important aspect of public safety, NT RCMP continues support for our partners in the GNWT Enforcement Taskforce and those tasked with operating border check-in stations and airports. NT RCMP have made specialty investigative units available to them, as well as responded to reports of potential suspicious activity,” states the news release.

RCMP continues to provide “informal support as well as formal requests for assistance by the GNWT Taskforce and border presence.”


Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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