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High-Speed Pursuit Leads to Drug Bust: Portage la Prairie RCMP Launch Manhunt for Suspect


Portage la Prairie, October 11, 2023 - Portage la Prairie, Manitoba - On the evening of October 4, 2023, at around 7:25 pm, a Portage la Prairie RCMP officer encountered a high-speed dirt bike incident that swiftly escalated into a pursuit, culminating in the discovery of narcotics and drug trafficking paraphernalia. The incident occurred on 3rd Street Northeast in the city.


The unidentified RCMP officer was on routine patrol when they spotted a dirt bike recklessly turning onto Trenton Avenue, travelling at a dangerously high speed. In response, the officer promptly activated their emergency lights in an attempt to halt the vehicle. However, the operator of the dirt bike refused to comply and continued to evade the law enforcement.


Concerned for public safety due to the bike's excessive speed, the officer made the decision to deactivate their emergency lights and cease the pursuit. Nonetheless, the situation took an unexpected turn as the dirt bike rider, still visible ahead, attempted to cross a set of train tracks, resulting in a tumble that sent the rider fleeing on foot into a nearby cornfield, abandoning a backpack at the scene.


Upon retrieving the abandoned backpack, the officer made a startling discovery, uncovering a large knife and a set of brass knuckles. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the officer promptly summoned assistance from RCMP Police Dog Services and additional officers to secure the area.


A subsequent search of the backpack revealed not only a stash of cocaine but also drug trafficking paraphernalia. Authorities have since issued a warrant for the arrest of 38-year-old Dexter Roulette, a resident of Portage. The suspect managed to elude capture by fleeing in a vehicle.


The Portage la Prairie RCMP is now appealing to the public for information regarding Dexter Roulette's whereabouts. Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445, provide an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or submit information securely online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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