April 20, 2021 Media Release

Project Matriarch – Arrests: R20-33150

In October 2020, the Winnipeg Police Drug Enforcement Unit commenced an investigation dubbed Project Matriarch.  The project led to the identification and collection of evidence against a drug trafficking organization involved in the production and trafficking of crack cocaine in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. The investigation also led to charges involving proceeds of crime and money laundering offences.
 
Investigators seized cocaine, crack cocaine, Canadian currency, a loaded firearm and ammunition, jewelry, a 2016 BMW X5, and a Skid Steer.  Criminal Property Forfeiture filed a statement of claims for 10 residential properties and numerous bank accounts.  The total value of seized property and evidence is approximately $2,343,497.  
 
Twenty-six people within this organization were arrested, including the original target: Sandra Guiboche.  Over 100 criminal charges were laid in this investigation, including; Drug Trafficking, Proceeds of Crime, Conspiracy and Money Laundering offences.  The following persons have been charged:
 
Sandra Guiboche, 57
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Laundering Proceeds of Crime
- Conspiracy to Commit (in relation to Trafficking and possess proceeds)

Timothy Verbong, 60
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – MDMA
- Production of a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Conspiracy to Commit in relation to Trafficking (CDSA)
- Flight from Peace Officer
- Assault Peace Officer
- FTC with Condition of Release Order x 2
- Drive Suspended
 
Shane Guiboche, 38
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Laundering Proceeds of Crime
- Conspiracy to Commit in relation to Proceeds of Crime

Perry Lajoie, 54
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Production of a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Amanda Rouse, 53
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Laundering Proceeds of Crime

Lea Murrell, 34
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possess of a Loaded Prohibited of Restricted Firearm
- Tampering with a Serial Number of a Firearm

Dianna Pangman, 39
Trenton Smith, 37
Ryan Williams, 43
Robert Morrisette, 34
Billy Bacon, 26
Crystal Genaille, 43
Anita Stimpson, 48
Steven Tran, 35


Have all been charged with the following offences:

- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (CDSA)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime


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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca