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$1.3 Million Worth of Drugs Seized in Winnipeg Drug Bust

A winnipeg Police Communications Officer seen here speaking to media.
Winnipeg Police speaking to media.

Winnipeg, November 28, 2023 - A major drug bust in Winnipeg by the Guns & Gangs Unit. A meticulously planned operation on October 19, of this year resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of a significant cache of illegal substances and firearms. The operation, centered in the 100 block of James Avenue, led to the confiscation of drugs valued at over $1.3 million, along with a loaded handgun, counterfeit currency, and other incriminating evidence.

The seized items included approximately 9 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $450,000, and approximately 2.1 kilograms of fentanyl, valued at $850,000 on the street. Additionally, a substantial quantity of prescription pills, a loaded Glock handgun with ammunition, approximately $50,000 in genuine Canadian currency, $450,000 in counterfeit Canadian currency, and various packaging materials were confiscated during the raid.

The individuals apprehended in connection with the operation were identified as Ilse Brillette Vazquez Arroyo, a 27-year-old female, and Juan Abad Casimiro Perez, a 27-year-old male, both hailing from Mexico. The duo faced an array of charges including:

  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine

  • Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl

  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

  • Possession of Counterfeit Money

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

  • Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition

Both suspects were taken into custody following their arrest and continue to be detained pending legal proceedings.

The public is encouraged to continue cooperating with law enforcement by reporting any suspicious activities that may be related to drug trafficking or other criminal enterprises.

The investigation remains ongoing, and authorities are working diligently to uncover any potential connections or wider networks associated with this operation.

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