Winnipeg meth junkie makes 79 calls to 911

Methamphetamine is a real problem in Canada, the majority of people involved are youth and older teenagers. There is a study conducted by Winnipeg Police department about how people on meth are no longer productive, so they have to find other ways to get money to fuel their addiction and get more drugs. People on meth turn to pity theft and other, more serious crimes.

Winnipeg police say a man high on meth made dozens of fake calls to 911 operators New Year’s Day, claiming people were being assaulted. The first call came in January 1st at about 11:10 p.m. when a man called to say a family was being sexually assaulted in the Burrows-Keewaitin area.

But when police got to the house, the family said they were fine and had not called the police. Over the next 4.5 hours, 911 “received an additional 78 unfounded and false calls,” said police.

The caller at the other end of the line claimed people were in distress or being attacked, and left fake names and false addresses. Just before 4 a.m., officers found a man at a home on Boyle Street and arrested him. “It is believed that the male, high on methamphetamine, placed the 79 false calls to 911,” said police.

A 23-year-old Joseph Paul Peters now faces public mischief charges, he remains in police custody.

It appears that Manitoba’s “Grand Plan” for combating illicit drugs is being postponed. The long-awaited plan to combat the meth-crisis in Manitoba may not begin as expected.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen promised a plan to overcome the local methamphetamine crisis in October, but on Tuesday morning, a report from a new task force to combat drug trafficking said the plan would not be available to the public until June 2019.

The three-level task force includes provincial, federal, and municipal leaders who will jointly respond to the rapid increase in the use and distribution of methamphetamine throughout the province.

“The problems associated with illicit drug use destroy families, damage communities, cross borders of all jurisdictions and require a joint and coordinated response from all levels of government,” says Frisen.

Winnipeg was expecting a comprehensive anti-drug strategic plan, as the methamphetamine consumption increased significantly.

Drug trafficking problem is on a rise in Canada for the last couple of years. Winnipeg authorities started a full-scale investigation into city`s meth problem. As per Winnipeg Police, there is a spike in meth-related crime incidents, like property theft, residential break-ins, unreasonable anger towards each other (meth users) and other people around them, violent attacks, some ending up in lethal outcomes for victims.

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