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.
North District Community Support Unit launched a drug and firearm investigation within the William Whyte/Lord Selkirk neighbourhoods. 3 adults have been charged with various firearm and drug-related offences.— Winnipeg Police (@wpgpolice) November 16, 2021
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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.
Guns & Gangs Unit entered into a firearms investigation in the William Whyte neighbourhood. A search warrant was executed at a residence on Flora. 2 adults and a youth have been charged with drug trafficking and firearm-related offences.https://t.co/X6DGV1z9pU pic.twitter.com/nhGh9MCUrp— Winnipeg Police (@wpgpolice) November 16, 2021
With files from The Canadian Press