Man Nabbed for Drug Trafficking After Caught Taking a Selfie

November 13, 2018 2:00 PM | News

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — An ill-timed selfie has landed a man behind bars, but not for Highway Traffic Act violations.

Winnipeg police were on patrol in the area of Portage Avenue at Edmonton Street at around 1 a.m. Tuesday when they noticed a man driving while taking a selfie using both hands.

Police pulled the vehicle over in the 300 block of Portage Avenue and found what they believed to be methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

A further search of the vehicle’s contents turned up:

  • 16.5 ounces of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $16,000)
  • 23.3 ounces of cocaine (estimated street value of $46,000)
  • 3 grams of heroin (estimated street value of $1,500)
  • 13.9 ounces of a cutting agent
  • 229 Xanax pills (estimated street value of $900)
  • $2,285 in Canadian currency
  • Two mobile phones
  • Digital scale

Randy Billy Bastien of Winnipeg, 38, has been charged with possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, alprazolam, as well as possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Bastien remains in custody.