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Police seize firearms after traffic stop

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Winnipeg police have pulled a pair of high-powered firearms off the streets following a traffic stop that proved to be anything but routine.

Members of the street crime unit, canine unit, general patrol and Air1 all participated in pulling over a black Acura MDX early Monday morning in the area of Corydon Avenue and Cockburn Street.

Police found three men inside, along with some dangerous cargo.

A .45 calibre Smith and Wesson 1911 semi-automatic and .45 calibre Glock 21 semi-automatic were seized from the vehicle, along with ammunition.

Police say the Smith and Wesson had previously been stolen from the Regina area. The investigation is continuing regarding the background associated to the Glock.

Keith Sapobng, 29, of Winnipeg, Johnathan Hebrada-Walters, 28, of Edmonton and Theodoros Belyneh, 29, of Edmonton are now facing more than 45 weapons-related offences. They have been detained in custody while the investigation continues.

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