May 6, 2020 Media Releases

Drugs – Arrest: R20-5149


In early 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit began an investigation into an illegal drug distribution operation within Winnipeg. The extensive investigation lead to a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant being issued on April 16, 2020, for an apartment suite located in the 2200 block of Pembina Highway and an apartment suite located in the South Pointe neighbourhood.

Numerous units assisted in the execution of the warrants, including the Drug Enforcement Unit, East District Community Support and the Tactical Support Team.

On April 16, 2020, officers stopped a vehicle with on St. Mary’s Road with two male suspects associated with both of the noted addresses. Both males were arrested. A subsequent search of the Pembina Highway apartment located the following:
- 9 kilograms of methamphetamine (ESV $1,800,000)
- 4 kilograms of cocaine (ESV $400,000)
- 326 grams of ecstasy (ESV $3,500)
- 0.5 kilograms of benzocaine (cutting agent), (ESV $2,500)
- $5,895 in Canadian currency
- Ballistic vest
- Money counter

James Daniel PERLETT, 43, has been charged with:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Ecstasy
- Possess Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000
- Possess Body Armour without Permit
He was detained in custody

Biniam Mengistu FITUR, 40, has been charged with:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Ecstasy
- Possess Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000
- Possess Body Armour without Permit
He was detained in custody

 



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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