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WINNIPEG police have charged a string of members and associates of the B-Side street gang.
Police have been targeting the gang in "a very involved investigation," since mid-October and more arrests are expected, police spokesman Jason Michalyshen told reporters at a news conference Saturday.
On Dec. 10, the police arrested eight people, all under the age of 30, on drug and possession charges in the 600 block of McKenzie Street in the North End. Police also seized a small quantity of cash, but Michalyshen said that wasn't the primary goal of this operation.
"They were clearly very active," Michalyshen said, "but how much farther their network goes, it could be well beyond the neighbourhood."
He described the B-Side gang's work as primarily focused on cocaine trafficking, and said the main goal was to snare as many of them as possible.
"If there had been large quantities of cash or guns, obviously we would want to take those out of their hands. We want to make life very difficult for them," he said, praising the police street-crime unit.
Caught in the bust were Jarette John Laquette, 28, Jeremy James John Laquette, 26, Stevie Victoria Hannah, 24, and Intisar Dzinic, 21, all from Winnipeg. All four remained in custody facing charges ranging from possession and trafficking of a controlled substance to breaches of probation and recognizance.
Also charged were two 18-year-old males and two females, aged 20 and 21. They are also facing trafficking and possession charges but were released on a promise to appear in court.
Michalyshen said it's not common for the police to identify street gangs by name, but in this case they made an exception.
"We certainly don't want to provide any more notoriety to them, but certainly we want to acknowledge that we have identified this particular street-level gang as being allegedly involved in trafficking drugs," he said.