Winnipeg city authorities started a full-scale investigation on the city`s meth problem. More manpower and resources are dedicated to the matter than in any of the previous year and the new special units and target groups created to fight methamphetamine production and distribution in Winnipeg.
Last week two search warrants resulted in seizures of over $27,000 worth of drugs in Winnipeg.
August 23rd the first bust was carried out by members of the Winnipeg Police Service's Guns and Gangs Unit and Tactical Support Team, executed a search warrant in a residential building in the 400 block of Cumberland Avenue.
One male and a female are in custody as searches of the suite lead to the seizure of 19.5 ounces of methamphetamine and 2.5 ounces of cocaine with an accumulated estimated street value of $16,700. They also seized $1,380 in Canadian currency and $75 worth of Tylenol 3 pills.
A loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun with a tampered serial number, a loaded .303 British bolt-action rifle, and a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun was also found in the residence.
The next day, on August 24th, members of the Guns and Gangs Unit and the Tactical Support Team searched a residence in the 200 block of Young Street. One 31-year-old male is in custody as 17 ounces of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $10,200, and $100 worth of fentanyl was found in the residence.
$4,170 in Canadian currency and property that had been stolen from a business in the St. James Industrial area were also seized because of the search warrant.
As per Winnipeg Police, there is a spike in meth and other drug-related crime incidents, like property theft, residential break-ins, unreasonable anger towards each other (methamphetamine users) and other people around them, violent attacks (some took place inside bus shelter), some ending up in lethal outcomes for victims.