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Winnipeg Police seize guns and explosives in coordinated raids

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer

Winnipeg, May 4, 2024 - The Winnipeg Police Service's Organized Crime Division, in collaboration with multiple law enforcement agencies, including the RCMP, CBSA, and NWEST, executed multiple search warrants across West Winnipeg and Headingley. This action comes in the wake of a previous explosion in Headingley, which police have linked to ongoing criminal activities involving firearms and explosives.

The investigation, which has been in progress for several months, escalated following intelligence about a potential second detonation planned by the same individuals involved in the Headingley explosion. Coordination between agencies culminated on May 2, with the arrest of two men, Evan Luke Reimer, 24, and another 23-year-old male whose name has not been disclosed due to legal reasons.

During the raids, police seized an arsenal of weapons including numerous firearms, ample ammunition, and significant quantities of explosive materials. The findings underscore the severe nature of the threat posed by these individuals to public safety.

Evan Luke Reimer faces multiple charges, including three counts of firearm possession, unlawful possession of explosives, and theft under $5,000. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old associate has been charged with firearm-related offences and was subsequently released on an undertaking.

"The safety and security of our community is paramount," said a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Service. "We are committed to thorough and ongoing investigations to neutralize any threats of violence and ensure public safety. Our current focus is to process the evidence, conduct further interviews, and prevent any future incidents."

The investigation remains in its early stages, and further details will be released as it progresses. Authorities have reached out to the public, urging anyone with information related to the case to contact the Winnipeg Police Service directly or to provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers.

As Winnipeg continues to grapple with issues of organized crime, this latest operation provides a stark reminder of the challenges facing our law enforcement agencies and the continual need for vigilance by all members of the community.

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