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Winnipeg Police Service

July 18, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Weapon & Drug Offences – Arrests: C19-165712

On July 17, 2019, at approximately 11:20 a.m., an East District Community Support Unit officer was travelling eastbound on Higgins Avenue when a vehicle was observed travelling westbound without a front licence plate.

The officer caught up to the vehicle and stopped it on Higgins Avenue near Waterfront Drive. After speaking with the four occupants of the vehicle and observing a number of suspicious indicators, the four were placed under arrest with the assistance of additional officers – including those from General Patrol, School Engagement and Diversity & Crime Prevention.

A search of both the occupants and the vehicle resulted in the seizure of the following items:

- A loaded sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun with the hammer drawn back and ready to fire
- Three 12 gauge shotgun shells
- Five .22 calibre ammunition cartridges
- Bear spray
- Approximately 7.4 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $300)
- $617 in Canadian currency
- Two scales
- Drug paraphernalia
- Packaging materials

Vincent William Catagas, a 31-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

Meaghan Pearce, a 30-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x2)

Jennifer Lynn Noelle Simpson, a 29-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime

She was also processed on two outstanding arrest warrants for charges of:

- Fail to Comply Probation Order
- Fail to Attend Court – Recognizance by Judge/Justice

Tasha Rae Sinclair, a 24-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

All four were detained in custody.


    • Last Update: July 18, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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