Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 01/25/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
The Winnipeg Police Service showed off its newest trophies Friday morning following a nine-month investigation targeting the Manitoba Warriors and the notorious gang's drug trade.
Set out on a table in the police media room were a wide range of items seized during the execution of numerous search warrants, including guns of various sizes and calibres, ammunition, other weapons such as machetes, a stun gun, nunchucks and brass knuckles as well as bullet-proof vests, weigh scales, more than a dozen cellphones and thousands of dollars in cash.
The haul was the result of Project Falling Star, which began last spring with the goal of cracking down on the gang's crack cocaine and cocaine trafficking.
"We're at the point where we had made a number of recent arrests and wanted to let the public know what had been done relative to this initiative," said Sgt. Wes Rommel.
Last week, officers executed a search warrant in the 700 block of Main Street, resulting in five people being charged with drug-related offences.
Since Project Falling Star began, charges have been laid against 57 members of the Manitoba Warriors or their associates. Arrest warrants have also been obtained for 22 more people with gang connections.
It's difficult to tell how big the crack cocaine business is in the city but Rommel said there's no question it's a problem.
"Crack is one of the drugs at the fore in Winnipeg," he said.
Police aren't closing the book on the file now that the investigation has run its course, Rommel said.
"Just because (Project Falling Star) happened doesn't mean other things aren't going on at the same time," he said.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 25, 2014 A10
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
36-year sentence for American man who drove abducted son to Brandon
Homicide detectives investigate woman's stabbing death
Province orders composting company to clean up its act
Arts Council to test mayor's commitment to funding
Polish playground bans ‘hermaphrodite’ Winnie the Pooh
NDP breached election law with McClung ceremony:commissioner
Improvements ordered to Highway 75 to guard against floods
Poor people may see rents go up as subsidies expire
Winnipeg remains free of potential Ebola cases
Selinger apologizes for Jets ticket remarks
Public input sought on extension to Chief Peguis Trail
Homeowners will have to clear windrows: city
Worker killed in forklift accident in RM of Springfield
Ottawa gives $15M boost to college research
Museum eyes band's complaint about water
Police seek public's help in finding missing girl, 13
Rinelle meets with rescuer
What wasn't said speaks volumes
Warmer weather to last the weekend
Officials seek 12-year sentence for home invasion
School of higher purpose
No legal obligation to report sex abuse
MP cleared of conflict charges
Drama obscures NDP's vision
Finance chairman looking to revive furlough program
City Hall Roundup
Program sees 'smooth transition'
If what you eat makes you sick, see an allergist
Santa salivates over pet-picture trick
Trades hit by builder going bust
Man's career held in check