On Feb. 11, Steinbach RCMP and RCMP Manitoba East District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team executed simultaneous Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrants at a residence and a vehicle on Dawson Road near Richer, Man. in the RM of Ste. Anne and in the City of Winnipeg.
As a result of the searches, officers seized in excess of 729,000 illegal cigarettes, 15 grams of psilocybin, 74 grams of cocaine, 300 Percocet tablets, 220 hydromorphine tablets, as well as two improperly stored firearms and items indicative of drug trafficking.
A 39-year-old male from Steinbach and a 62-year-old female from the RM of Ste. Anne were arrested and are facing charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine, Cigarette Smuggling, and firearms offences. The male also faces charges of Fail to Comply.
Both remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
“A solid investigation led to RCMP teams executing these warrants,” said S/Sgt Harold Laninga, Steinbach RCMP Detachment Commander. “We have disrupted this operation and, at the end of the day, stopped these illegal items from being distributed to the public.”