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Portage la Prairie RCMP bust a suspected drug trafficker

The Portage la Prairie RCMP bust a suspected drug trafficker.
Portage la Prairie RCMP

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Winnipeg, February 13, 2024 - The Manitoba RCMP in Portage la Prairie made a significant bust on February 9, apprehending a suspected drug trafficker during a routine traffic stop on 9th Street NW.

According to the RCMP, at approximately 3:35 pm, officers conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as a 30-year-old man from Portage la Prairie. Further investigation revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended driver's license.

Upon placing the individual under arrest, officers discovered a cache of items during a search. These included a cell phone, a quantity of cash, and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. Additionally, another cell phone and unstamped cigarettes were found within the vehicle.

Following the discovery, a search warrant was executed at a residence on 9th Street NW. Inside the property, officers uncovered a more substantial quantity of suspected methamphetamine, multiple cell phones, unstamped cigarettes, knives, firearms, ammunition, and various drug-related paraphernalia.

As a result of these findings, the RCMP have charged the 30-year-old suspect, identified as Tyler Rutherford, with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and numerous firearm-related offenses.

Rutherford has been remanded into custody pending a court appearance scheduled for this week in Portage la Prairie.

The RCMP urge anyone with information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity to come forward. Information can be shared anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a secure tip online at

The investigation into this case by the Portage la Prairie RCMP is ongoing.


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