BRANDON -- Police have seized more than $2 million worth of illegal drugs after searches of three properties in southern Manitoba.
The operation represents the largest drug bust in Brandon Police Service history and targeted "high-level" dealers.
"This seems to be the biggest one that anyone can recall," Chief Keith Atkinson said of the bust, adding he expects the drug seizure will have a significant impact on the city's drug trade. "I think that it will be a substantial dent into it."
The Brandon Sun first learned of the operation on Tuesday, and initial reports indicated 56 kilograms of marijuana and two kilograms of cocaine worth a total of $800,000 were seized.
But that was just part of a larger investigation. On Friday, police announced $2 million worth of ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine and psilocybin were seized from three rural properties.
Two of those properties were searched Monday -- one near Gilbert Plains and the other near Kemnay.
Dauphin RCMP assisted with the raid at the property near Gilbert Plains.
Police arrested three suspects there and seized 122 kilograms of marijuana and two kilograms of cocaine. They found a large amount of money and numerous firearms.
Reid Dykun, 58, and Garret Dykun, 25, both from the Gilbert Plains area, are charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, unsafe storage of firearms and possession of proceeds of crime.
Brian Decosse, 29, of Calgary was also charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and with possession of proceeds of crime.
Three more suspects were arrested in the two other rural busts and police seized a large amount of cash, 450 grams of ecstasy and two firearms. Court documents identify the guns as two rifles.
Jayant David Venn, 33, a Kemnay-area resident, is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and unsafe storage of firearms. Venn has been granted bail and given a court date of Dec. 13.
A 29-year-old woman, also from the Kemnay area, is charged with possession of proceeds of crime and unsafe storage of firearms.
Another male was released unconditionally.
On Thursday, a 30-year-old woman was arrested during a search at another property near Brandon. A small amount of marijuana and psilocybin and a firearm were seized.
The woman was released with a Dec. 13 court date on charges of possessing marijuana and psilocybin.
The names of the women have not been released.
One source said the investigation targeted a drug network, but Atkinson said it didn't seem to involve any known gang. Rather, he described it as an organized group of individuals.
-- Brandon Sun