Manitoba Adds Nearly $1M to Criminal Forfeiture Fund

By Sarah Klein

RCMP Crest LogoThe Manitoba government has recovered nearly $1 million through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.

Two traffic stops west of Winnipeg netted $960,000 for RCMP, making it the largest successful forfeitures in the province’s history.

“We continue to take very large sums of money out of crime and reinvest that money across the province, supporting victims, police and public safety programs,” said Justice Minister Andrew Swan. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce crime and keep our communities safer.”

A routine traffic stop near Headingley turned up $735,000 being transported, while the second seizure occurred near the same location. In that incident, officers found $225,000 hidden in a truck and bed liner.

More than $7.3 million in assets have been forfeited to Manitoba through criminal property forfeitures since 2010.