RCMP have laid charges against the owners of a Manitoba liquor vendor after alcohol turned up in northern communities that are supposed to be dry.
Owners of The Other Place, a general store in Riverton, Man., are facing multiple charges related to the unlawful sale of alcohol.
Karen Hiebert of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission said the store’s liquor permit has been suspended. She said it’s an unusual case in the province.
"We can’t remember a similar situation where a liquor vendor has been charged with unlawful sale of beverage alcohol," said Hiebert.
The MLCC said going forward, the store’s sales will be audited.
The arrests came as part of an ongoing RCMP investigation into the transportation of liquor in rural Manitoba.
RCMP said typically when illegal alcohol sales are stymied, violent crime in rural areas goes down.
The business’s owners, Bilinski Enterprises Ltd., are set to appear in court in Arborg on April 15.
If found guilty, the business could face a fine of up to $50,000.