An investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and illegal counterfeit pills in Oakbank, Manitoba has resulted with eight people facing numerous charges.
Project Decal began in November 2015 and involved several specialized units.
On Wednesday, officers moved in and executed a search warrant at an Oakbank home. Police seized a quantity of drugs, and items used in the drug trafficking trade.
“Project Decal was initiated to specifically target individuals trafficking drugs and negatively impacting the lives of our local residents,” said Sgt. Bert Paquet of the Manitoba RCMP. “The arrests and subsequent charges laid in this case serve as proof of our commitment to make Manitoba a safer place to live.”
Tyler John Kevin Augustine of Oakbank, 25, was arrested in Winnipeg. He is facing 13 counts of trafficking a controlled substance CDSA, and one count of production of a controlled substance. He remains in custody.
Police also arrested three men, who are facing several counts of trafficking a controlled substance:
- Dylan Robert Hutchinson, 19, of the RM of Springfield
- Kelson Ryan Hopgood, 20, of Oakbank
- Cole Alexander Paul Zammit, 21, of the RM of Springfield
Outstanding warrants remain for the following Oakbank men, who face similar charges:
- Paul Joseph Caissie, 54, of Oakbank
- Allan Peter Tanchak, 42,
- Daniel Konrad Searcy, 27,
- Gabriel Labossiere, 29
Police continue to investigate.