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Drug probe leads to 48 charges

RCMP, along with Morden and Winkler police, laid 48 charges and arrested several people in a series of search warrants carried out Tuesday in connection to drug trafficking.

Four search warrants took place as part of Project Denver, a long-term investigation into drug trafficking in Morden and Winkler, and was a joint operation between the Morden Police Service, Winkler Police Service and the RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit.

Several people were arrested and appeared in Provincial Court in Winnipeg Wednesday. Some have been released on promises to appear, while others remain in custody. All are scheduled to appear again in court.

"Project Denver is a perfect example of a successful multi-agency effort that will severely cripple our local drug subculture and send a strong message to those in the drug trade," said Winkler Police Service Chief Rick Hiebert in a press release.

"We are extremely pleased with the result of Project Denver and the positive impact it will have on our community," added Morden Police Service Chief Brad Neduzak.

Charge laid in alleged assault

WINNIPEG police have made an arrest after a young girl was chased in the Westwood area Wednesday night.

The incident happened near midnight in the area of Rouge Road and Browning Boulevard when a 15-year-old girl noticed she was being followed by an unknown male.

Concerned for her safety, she started to run. The male chased after her and grabbed her arm.

The girl screamed for help, and the suspect eventually ran off. He was last seen running northbound on Wordsworth Way.

Police have arrested Anthony Abigosis, 40, and charged him with assault.

Child pornography arrest

A Winnipeg man is facing child pornography charges after local authorities received a tip from Germany.

The year-long investigation started in September 2013, when German law enforcement officials contacted members of the local internet child exploitation unit. The German officers indicated a Winnipeg resident was in possession of child pornography.

A 45-year-old man was arrested in the 1000 block of Isbister Street without incident Wednesday.

The suspect is facing a number of child pornography charges.

He was released on a promise to appear.

MPI sends racy court summons

A Manitoba man claims it was inappropriate for Manitoba Public Insurance to send him a court summons through Facebook.

Andrew Mykichuk said he received a Facebook message from what appeared to be a woman he didn't know who was wearing a bikini, but when he opened it up, there was notification of a court date from MPI.

MPI spokesman Brian Smiley said the tactic worked, adding the agency only uses social media as a last resort and must get permission from the court.

The picture of the woman in the bikini was taken from a public website.

Court documents show MPI contacted Mykichuk's family and tried several addresses before messaging him on Facebook.

Mykichuk said he doesn't know why MPI couldn't find him and says he has no plan to reply to the summons.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 8, 2014 A6


Updated on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM CDT: removes standup photo, clarifies headline

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