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MONTREAL–The RCMP says it has disrupted a drug distribution network that used the mail system to ship marijuana to northern Indigenous communities in northern Quebec and Nunavut.
The RCMP said in a statement it arrested a 52 year-old Montreal resident Monday who allegedly was the main supplier for the network. The RCMP said it also arrested two other individuals and executed searches in Nunavut and Nunavik, which is in northern Quebec.
The investigation was triggered by Nunavut RCMP in March 2013.
“The investigation revealed that the drugs were grown and packaged in the Montreal area and shipped by mail to remote areas,” said the RCMP statement. “The drugs were then distributed by local dealers.”
Canada Post inspectors were also involved in the investigation.
The RCMP said those involved in the networked transferred money electronically using credit cards.
About 1,000 plants and 50 lbs of marijuana were seized in the Montreal area as a result of the investigation.