Drug trafficking problem is on a rise in Canada for the last couple of years. Winnipeg authorities started a full-scale investigation into the 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, lately there were three deadly beatings in just three days in the city, one of the incidents is already connected to meth use, two other cases are still under investigation. Opioid use continues to be a public-health crisis with just under 4,000 deaths across Canada in 2017 and over 3,000 in 2016.
Police said a man and two women entered a taxi near Burrows Avenue and Salter Street Monday afternoon and demanded the driver take them to various locations throughout the city.
The driver flagged down a passing police vehicle for help, the man ran trying to escape on foot.
Police found him in the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue and used a taser to safely arrest him.
Upon searching the suspect, they found and seized 13.4 grams of meth with a street value of around $2,010.
A 33-year-old Jason Shawn Miller has been charged with possessing meth for the purpose of trafficking and was detained in custody.
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.
Unfortunately, meth and other drug trafficking is a rising problem in Manitoba and Canada overall. Hopefully, police and local authorities will really concentrate on dedicating the funds and resolving this issue.