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Police Dismantle Drug Trafficking Network in Westman

April 23, 2021 4:12 PM | News


Project Debris

Police officers move in on one of seven search warrants as part of Project Debris in Western Manitoba on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A seven-month investigation into a drug trafficking network in Brandon and Western Manitoba has ended in arrests and several seizures.

Dubbed Project Debris, the investigation involved officers from the Manitoba RCMP, Brandon police and Rivers Police Service.

Police executed seven search warrants on Tuesday at various locations in Brandon and the Riverdale Municipality.

Officers seized approximately $17,000 in cash along with a quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. Evidence to support high-level drug trafficking was also seized along with 14 firearms.

Project Debris

Items seized by Manitoba police as part of Project Debris. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Other seized items included multiple motorcycles, including two Harley Davidsons, and a Honda Goldwing model stolen from British Columbia. The criminal enterprise is also said to have had ties to B.C.

Seven people were arrested and charged with a multitude of drug and firearm-related offences. Five additional warrants for arrest have been issued with similar charges.

RCMP say the investigation is ongoing and will likely result in more arrests.