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Major Drug Bust and Firearms Seizure in Winnipeg Leads to Multiple Arrests

Major Drug Bust and Firearms Seizure in Winnipeg Leads to Multiple Arrests
Winnipeg Police crime news

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, February 1, 2024 - Winnipeg Police made a significant breakthrough in combating illegal activities in the city during the early hours of January 30. At approximately 1:00 a.m., officers on routine patrol in the Lincoln/Weston area spotted a confirmed stolen pickup truck with three occupants.

Maintaining a discreet distance, police trailed the stolen vehicle, ultimately locating it parked outside an establishment in the 1400 block of Notre Dame Avenue. An adult female who remained in the truck was promptly taken into custody. During the subsequent search, police uncovered a loaded sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.

Inside the establishment, officers apprehended two additional male suspects, leading to a broader investigation. This operation resulted in the seizure of narcotics with an estimated street value of $2,700, including cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, and $5,745 in Canadian currency, which was confiscated as evidence.

The main suspect, Lawrence Dennis Chartrand, 38 years old and a resident of Winnipeg, faces a staggering 13 charges, including firearm-related offenses, possession of stolen property, and drug trafficking charges.

Another suspect, Gregory James Spence, 36 years old, also from Winnipeg, faces 11 charges, mirroring those of Chartrand, with additional charges for failing to comply with conditions of undertaking.

An 18-year-old female, who was one of the vehicle's occupants, has been charged with five similar offenses but was subsequently released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

These arrests and the significant seizure of firearms and narcotics represent a significant victory for law enforcement in their ongoing efforts to combat crime in Winnipeg.


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