RCMP on the Burin Peninsula helped seize over 600 litres of contraband alcohol over the weekend as part of a joint investigation that also involved Canada Border Services and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Police observed three people offloading contraband liquor from a boat in the Terrenceville area late Sunday night. Two male suspects were arrested, while the third suspect escaped on foot.
Police have identified the third suspect and expect to arrest the individual shortly, according to a news release issued Monday.
Three-hundred and forty-three bottles of contraband alcohol — each holding 1.75 litres of liquor — were seized as a result of the arrests, as were a 21-foot boat with two 115-horsepower motors and one carton of contraband cigarettes. Of the 343 bottles seized, 324 contained a 190-proof contraband liquor known as Graves Grain Alcohol.
The value of the seized liquor is $15,435.
The two arrested men, both from Terrenceville, are expected to face changes for breaches under the Revenue Administration Act, the Excise Act, the Liquor Control Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.