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. Bike theft, residential break-ins, garage theft is now a rising problem in the city.
On Monday, January 7th police stopped the man, who was acting suspiciously, near Furby Street and Bannatyne Avenue around 10:10 p.m. The man gave them a false name, but police found out there was a warrant out for his arrest.
When they tried to arrest him, police said he lifted his shirt and grabbed the handle of a hidden machete under his belt. Officers had to draw their weapons, the suspect gave up and was arrested. In addition to the machete, a search turned up a spring-loaded knife, a digital scale, and 1.75 grams of meth.
A 40-year-old Zachary Hank Parisian now arrested and faces multiple charges.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen promised a plan to overcome the local methamphetamine crisis in October, but 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.
Winnipeg was expecting a comprehensive anti-drug strategic plan, as the methamphetamine consumption increased significantly.
The task of the target group is to develop practical recommendations for combating the use and distribution of meth and other illegal drugs, including opioids and cocaine. It will be co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Health Karen Hurd and Michael Jack, chief specialist in corporate services for the city.
Their work will be to identify areas for improvement of existing programs related to prevention, treatment, and containment. They will also identify areas for improvement in law enforcement, seek advice from medical, social and law enforcement agencies and much more.
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.