WINNIPEG — A large-scale, multi-provincial criminal investigation dubbed Project Onyx has resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars in drugs.
Winnipeg police began investigating a high-level Manitoba-based drug network last spring, where traffickers were importing drugs from Ontario and British Columbia.
Police say the group utilized various importation methods, including commercial shipping, airlines and highway-based drug couriers.
Police worked with the Canada Border Services Agency, Coquitlam RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police, Vancouver police and other organizations on the investigation.
Twenty-six search warrants were executed on December 14, 2022, including at multiple homes in Winnipeg, Coquitlam, and Niverville. Officers also searched two Winnipeg businesses and 12 vehicles in the city.
- Approximately $500,000 in cash
- 50 kilograms of cocaine (worth an estimated $5,000,000)
- 20 kilograms of methamphetamine (worth an estimated $2,000,000)
- A Smith & Wesson .40 calibre semi-automatic handgun with magazines and ammunition
- A loaded GSG 1911 .22 calibre semi-automatic handgun
- A Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic handgun with ammunition
Police also seized 12 vehicles worth an estimated $550,000, including a 2013 BMW X3, a BMW sedan, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV and a 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV.
Police are also receiving the seizure of several properties.
Thirteen people have been arrested and are facing charges.
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