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February 6, 2020 Media Releases

Interjurisdictional Cooperation Lead to Drug Arrest in Calgary

In October 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit initiated Project “Sasquatch,” which uncovered the details of an interprovincial drug courier who was transporting multiple kilograms of illicit drugs including Meth, Cocaine, Fentanyl and Heroin from eastern Ontario across the prairie provinces to Alberta.

Due to the overall scope of the investigation and inter-jurisdictional challenges, the Winnipeg Police enlisted the assistance of the Calgary Police Service who eventually took over the investigation.

On January 30, 2020, the Calgary Police Service located illicit drugs in the suspect’s pickup truck, which he was operating near Dorothy Alberta. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of:

  • 46.9 kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of $4.69 million
  • 47.5 kg of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $4.75 million
  • (Combined Potential Street Value of 10 Million Dollars)

Jacob Cody Neumann, a 33-year-old male of Calgary, Alberta, was charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking X2.

The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to working in partnership with both Canadian and American Police Agencies to prevent the flow of illicit drugs from entering our communities. We encourage those who are challenged with addiction issues to seek out assistance that will ultimately prevent overdoses and reduce the demand for all illicit drugs. For more information visit https://afm.mb.ca/programs-and-services/.

The Winnipeg Police Service congratulates the Calgary Police Service Gang Enforcement Team on achieving such an exceptional result that will no doubt have a significant impact on disrupting the flow of Illicit Drugs into our local community and those across western Canada.


Drug Investigation — Arrests: R20-5022

On January 31, 2020, the Organized Crime Unit executed two Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrants. One at a single-family residence on Leisure Bay and the other at a storage locker on Lowson Crescent.

Before executing the warrant, an adult male was observed leaving the residence and was arrested a short time later in regards to the search warrant and for an outstanding Warrant of Apprehension, Suspension, and Recommitment to Custody of Statutory Release. He was found in possession of $630 cash, an ASP baton and a knife.  

Upon searching the residence, officers located an adult female who was placed under arrest. A search of the residence led to the seizure of:

  • approximately $30,000.00 Canadian Currency
  • score sheets, scales and packaging material
  • 3-rounds of .22 cal. Ammunition
  • 1-ounce cocaine, street value $2000.00
  • ½ ounce methamphetamine, street value $400.00

A search of the storage space led to the seizure of:

  • 1 kilo of fentanyl, street value $400,000.00
  • 1 kilo of methamphetamine, street value $100,000.00
  • 20 ounces of powder cocaine, street value $40,000.00

Stephen Kenneth Johnston, a 37-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - cocaine X2
  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - methamphetamine X2
  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Poss of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Poss of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Poss of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order X3
  • Poss of a Weapon X2

He was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

JENNIFER ASHLEY BERG, a 28-year-old female of Winnipeg,  has been charged with:

  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - cocaine X2
  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - methamphetamine X2
  • Poss of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Poss of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Poss of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order X4
  • Poss of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

She was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.


Homicide – Arrest: C20-9751

As previously released:

On January 14, 2020, at approximately 11:45 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a report of an insecure premise at a residence located at 516 Alexander Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male within the home. The male was identified as Greg Joseph Jr. Dumas, a 33-year-old male of Winnipeg, and his death was determined to be a homicide.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation.

Update:

On February 4, 2020, at approximately 5:31 p.m., Central District General Patrol officers responded to the 300 block of Elgin Avenue for a report of a vacant residential property that was being occupied by people that didn’t reside there. Upon arrival, officers located a suspect for the homicide and placed her under arrest.

Investigators believe that the suspect had been unlawfully residing in the 516 Alexander Avenue residence at the time of the homicide, which occurred on January 6, 2020. The victim and the suspect, known to each other as acquaintances, were at the residence when he was assaulted with a blunt instrument causing fatal injuries.

Sonya Leah-Ann Buck, a 34-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with

- Second Degree Murder
- Unlawfully in Dwelling House (x2)

She was detained in custody.


Assault with a Weapon/Firearm Offences – Arrest: C20-8774, C20-18179 & C20-25247

On January 13, 2020, at approximately 3:23 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the first 100 block of Hastings Boulevard for a report of a shooting.

A 31-year-old male had been shot after the residence had been broken into. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable condition. A 23-year-old female had been assaulted but did not require medical attention.

At approximately 5:53 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the 600 block of Elgin Avenue for a report of a second shooting.

A 33-year-old male had been shot after the residence had been broken into. He was transported to hospital in unstable condition and was later upgraded to stable condition. Three other individuals, a 31-year-old female, a 55-year-old female and a 50-year-old male, had a firearm pointed at them during the incident.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigations and identified a male suspect.

On January 25, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of King Edward Street and seized the following items:

- A sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.
- A .22 calibre rifle.
- A .303 calibre rifle.
- A disassembled 12-gauge shotgun.
- An imitation handgun.
- A can of bear spray.
- Numerous rounds of ammunition.

On February 5, 2020, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the male suspect was taken into custody after being observed driving a stolen vehicle in the area of Elsbury Bay and Sandrington Drive. He was found to be in possession of the following items:

- 31.2 grams of methamphetamine.
- A small amount of cocaine.
- A small amount of heroin.
- A stolen driver’s licence.
- A stolen cheque.

The vehicle had been stolen from the 1600 block of Regent Avenue during the evening of February 2, 2020, after the car had been left running with the keys in the ignition.

Blaine Lindsey Malcolm, a 34-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit Aggravated Assault - Dwelling House (x2)
- Assault
- Disguise with Intent (x2)
- Discharge a Firearm with Intent (x2)
- Pointing a Firearm (x3)
- Use of Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence (x2)
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x14)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x5)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of a Weapon (x5)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (x2)
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Cocaine
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Heroin
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order Under Criminal Code
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations (x4)
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x13)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.


Last Update: February 6, 2020

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