June 9, 2020 Media Release

Firearms Manufacturing – "Ghost Guns": R20-24663

On May 14, 2020, the Chief Firearm's Office advised the WPS Firearms Investigation Enforcement Unit (FIEU) that a male in Winnipeg had attempted to purchase a prohibited component for an AR-15 rifle from a firearms reseller in the City.

On May 20, FIEU executed a Public Safety Search Warrant in the first 100 block of West Ave. Officers located a total of 28 firearms, including 10 registered restricted handguns, one registered prohibited firearm, and 17 other various long guns.

The investigation revealed that a prohibited AR-15 rifle lower end receiver had been manufactured from a 3-D printer.

On May 21, a Criminal Code Search Warrant for evidence related to manufacturing firearms and components was executed at the same address.  Computers, a 3-D printer, hard drives, memory sticks, and various gun parts were seized.  In addition, Police seized many 'cast-off' 3-D printed components.

Further investigation revealed that a lower receiver on a Glock 19 handgun was completely 3-D printed and fitted with a legitimate Glock upper receiver making it a functioning firearm. Additionally, one of the accused's registered restricted handguns was not located during the execution of the warrant and was not reported lost or stolen, as required by law.

On June 1, 2020, Corey James BOYD, 31, was arrested by members of FIEU. He was charged with the following offences:
- Weapons Trafficking
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Lost Firearm or Weapon Not Reported

He was detained in custody. 

Seized:  Total 28 Firearms

Ruger

SR9

Sturm Ruger

9mm Luger

Semi-Auto Handgun

ALFA Proj

3551

ALFA Proj

357 Magnum

Revolver

German Sport Guns

GSG-1911

German Sport Guns

22 LR

Semi-Auto Handgun

Tokarev

TT33

Polish State Arsenals

7.62 mm

Semi-Auto Handgun

Norinco

NP29

Chinese State Arsenals

9mm Luger

Semi-Auto Handgun

Glock

22

Glock

40 S&W

Semi-Auto Handgun

Girsan

Yavuz 16 Compact MC

Girsan

9mm Luger

Semi-Auto Handgun

3-D Printed Lower Receiver Glock**

19

Glock

9mm Luger

Semi-Auto Handgun

Shooters Arms

Military 1911A1

Shooters Arms MFG

45 AUTO

Semi-Auto Handgun

Hi-Point Firearms

JCP

Haskell Manufacturing

40 S&W

Semi-Auto Handgun

Windham Weaponry

WW-15

Windham Weaponry

.223

 

Mossberg

500A

 

12 GA

 

Mossberg

Model 464

 

30-30

 

Mossberg

500A

 

12 GA

 

Lakefield Mossberg

Mark III Autoloader

 

22

 

Winchester

Model 1894

 

30-30

 

GR B.S.A.C.

1918 SHT LE III

 

303

 

Bolt Action Rifle

 

 

 

 

Maverick by Mossberg

Model 88

 

12 GA

 

Ranger

S-L-LR

 

22

 

Tapco USA

 

 

 

 

EMEI

T97NSR

 

5.56

 

Weatherby

SA-08

 

12 GA

 

Remington

Model 783

 

308

 

Lakefield

Mark II

 

22

 

Remington

Model 897

 

22

 

GMP

18-5

 

303

 

Black Rifle

 

 

22

 

Barrel

 

 

 

 

Stock

 

 

 

 

3-D Printed Lower Receiver for AR-15**

 

 

 

 


Firearms Trafficking – Arrest: R20-20418

On April 21, 2020, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit executed a search warrant in the 1200 block of Downing Street. Officers at the scene located a loaded 45 calibre semi-auto handgun.

The WPS Firearms Investigation and Enforcement Unit (FIEU) subsequently initiated an investigation into the origin of the handgun.  

On April 23, members of FIEU executed a Public Safety Warrant in the 100 block of Maple Street.  Officers determined that of the 17 guns registered to the resident, only four were present in contravention of firearms regulations. Two handguns were not stored safely, also in violation of firearms regulations.  The male indicated his remaining restricted and non-restricted firearms were in a storage locker in Inkster Industrial Park.  Police attended to the locker's location and were informed the locker contents had been sold at auction more than one year prior. As a result of this investigation police arrested the following male:

Marc Charles ARCHAMBAULT, 53, of Winnipeg. He was charged with:
- Possess Firearm at Unauthorized Place
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Lost Firearm or Weapon not Reported

He was released on an Undertaking for Court at a future date. 

On April 23, 2020, members of the F.I.E.U. located the purchaser of the storage locker.  This individual sold the firearms from the storage locker to an acquaintance who took possession of the guns.  The purchaser of the locker was arrested for Firearms Trafficking and released for Crown Opinion. 

On April 28, 2020, members of FIEU arrested a male at his residence on Parkdale Road, in St. Andrews, Manitoba.  This individual had purchased the firearms from the locker purchaser, transported them and subsequently sold a quantity of them to another acquaintance for a cash sum, which investigators believe was split with the locker purchaser.  Police seized six long guns and two restricted handguns that had been obtained from the locker sale. 

Pedro Paulo DESOUSA, 56, of St. Andrews, Manitoba was charged with:
- Weapons Trafficking

DESOUSA was released on a Promise to Appear in Court at a later date. 

On May 6, members of FIEU attended to an address on Rebecca Lane in St. Andrews, Manitoba, and took a male into custody for Firearms trafficking.  Investigators believe that this male purchased restricted handguns and other firearms from DESOUSA in partnership with another acquaintance.

Donald GULENCHYN, 44, of St. Andrews, Manitoba, was charged with:
- Weapons Trafficking

He was released on an Undertaking to attend Court at a later date. 

On May 13, members of Guns & Gangs Unit and the FIEU executed a Search Warrant in the 300 block of Alexander Avenue.  A male was taken into custody.  No firearms were recovered.   

Michael William DAVIDSON 42, of Winnipeg, was charged with:
- Weapons Trafficking
- CDSA Possession of Methamphetamine
- CDSA Possession of Oxycodone

He was admitted to the arrest processing unit for disposition. 

The Winnipeg Police Service does not investigate law-abiding, responsible firearms owners.  It is the irresponsible and criminal element that receive our focus and attention.  We would like to remind those who wish to purchase firearms; it is your duty to notify the Chief Firearms office where required.