Winnipeg police say an investigation aimed at quelling violent crimes related to gang activity and the drug subculture has led to several arrests.

Police say a 28-year-old man arrested on Saturday in possession of a loaded firearm in a taxicab has been charged with 25 firearm and drug-related offences. 

As the investigation continued a subsequent search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Guns & Gangs Unit, West District Community Support and the Tactical Support Team at a residence in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue.

Two other suspects were arrested and have been charged with a total of 35 drug and gun charges. Besides confiscating several firearms, police also found 500 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $35,000.

In a separate investigation begun on November 6 by the Guns & Gangs Unit and two adults and a youth were taken into custody and face several charges.

The investigation focussed on the William Whyte neighbourhood, and a search warrant was executed on a residence in the 600 block of Flora Avenue.

Again police found several firearms. They also seized 6.6 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $600.

An 18-year-old male, 33-year-old male, and 17-year-old female face a total of 39 firearm and drug trafficking-related charges between them.


With files from The Canadian Press