March 24, 2021 Media Release
On March 18, 2021, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a Domestic Incident at a residence in the Lakeside Meadows neighbourhood. Responding officers spoke to a female and male at the home and determined that the incident was not criminal in nature, and no charges resulted, however, a large marihuana grow operation was observed. The couple were not residents of the house.
Members of the Winnipeg Police Clan Lab Unit were brought in to continue with the investigation, and a search warrant was obtained. Approximately 80 plants in various stages of growth were located inside the home. Health Canada confirmed no current or past licenses for either the owner or the property itself.
Plants with a value of $98,000 and packaged marihuana valued at $3,000 were seized along with various equipment.
The 35-year-old male owner of the home faces three charges under the Cannabis Act. He was released on an Appearance Notice.
The Winnipeg Police Service continues to encounter operations designed to produce and distribute illegal cannabis outside the safe and controlled oversight of Health Canada. This cannabis is not subject to any production controls and could be contaminated with hazardous additives. Further, the supply of this product is through criminal channels that entail additional risks. The public is reminded, for safety, to shop through retail outlets authorized by Health Canada.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs