April 23, 2021 Media Release

U.S. Counterfeit Money Scam – Public Advisory: E21-7226

During the month of April, the Winnipeg Police Financial Crimes Unit has received several reports of counterfeit U.S. money being used to pay for items sold via online classified ad platforms.
 
During face-to-face transactions, the buyer requested to pay with U.S. money. Once the seller deposited the money at their financial institution, it became apparent the money was counterfeit, and the customer ultimately incurred a financial loss.
 
If you cannot confirm the legitimacy of any type of currency, please accept another form of payment.
 
Remember as always, caution is key in preventing yourself from being victimized. Buy and Sell Exchange Zones are located at each of the four Winnipeg Police Service Stations. Use these locations to conduct legal buy and sell transactions.

https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/buy_and_sell.stm
 
Should you be victimized by a fraudster, please report it using the online reporting system. Awareness for our investigators and the public are critical in curtailing such crimes.

https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm

Fake Alprazolam Pills Found to Contain Other Drugs – Public Advisory

Members of the Guns & Gangs Unit have recently received reliable information that a number of counterfeit Alprazolam (Xanax) pills have been found to contain fentanyl or other unknown synthetic drugs.
 
As part of ongoing education efforts, the Winnipeg Police Service wishes to remind those who illicitly use drugs that what they are taking may contain dangerous substances such as unsafe cutting agents or other narcotics. These substances may sometimes lead to severe harm or death.
 
The Winnipeg Police Service encourages anyone who experiences or witnesses a drug overdose to contact 911 immediately. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for people who seek emergency help for an overdose and anyone at the scene when help arrives. For detailed information on the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, please visit Health Canada's website at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/about-good-samaritan-drug-overdose-act.html.
 
To reduce the risk of an overdose, never use drugs alone and always carry Naloxone if opioids may be present. For more information on where you can find Naloxone, please visit Street Connections' website at http://streetconnections.ca/content.php?navigation_id=2294
 
Anyone with information regarding drug trafficking is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online at https://www.winnipegcrimestoppers.org/.
 
For addictions and treatment resources, please see the below links:
 
- Government of Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/mh/addictions/index.html
- Addictions Foundation of Manitoba: https://afm.mb.ca/
- Street Connections: http://www.streetconnections.ca/

Shooting – Investigation: C21-89924

On April 23, 2021, at 7:15 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of an injured male in and out of a roadway near Spence Street and Cumberland Avenue.
 
Soon after, members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service located the male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was subsequently transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.
 
Officers later located a residence in the 600 block of Spence Street where the male was believed to have been assaulted. This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit.

Stabbing – Investigation: C21-89770

On April 22, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Central District officers responded to the report of a male who had been stabbed in the area of Balmoral Street and Ellice Avenue.
 
Police located a 45-year-old male lying on the sidewalk who had been stabbed. Officers administered life-saving first-aid by applying a tourniquet. The victim was transported by ambulance to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable.
 
No arrests have been made at this time; the Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate.
 
Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators in the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Arson – Arrest: C20-39822

On February 20, 2020, at approximately 8:00 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a large fire at an auto business in the 100 block of Provencher Boulevard. The entire structure and contents including several vehicles were destroyed; the building was vacant of people at the time.
 
The Winnipeg Police Service’s Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation as the fire was deemed suspicious and later believed to be caused by arson for fraudulent monetary gain. Total damages were valued at over $1,000,000.
 
On April 22, 2021, a 41-year-old male of Winnipeg was arrested and is facing charges of:

- Arson for Fraudulent Purposes
- Arson Causing Damage to Property.

He was released on an Undertaking (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

Drug Offence – Arrests: C21-89046

During the morning of April 22, 2021, members of the Guns & Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and other officers, executed a pair of search warrants – one a residence in the 900 block of Garwood Avenue and another at a residence in the 100 block of Prairie Crocus Drive.
 
Two brothers were taken into custody (one at each residence). A number of items were seized, including the following:
 
- Approximately 3 ounces of cocaine (estimated street value of ($6,000)
- Approximately 1.2 grams of fentanyl (estimated street value of $1,000)
- 85 Percocet pills
- A money counter machine
- Approximately $63,000
- Packaging materials
- Mobile phones
- Two fraudulent Alberta driver’s licences
- Jewellery
 
A 30-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:
 
- Produce a Scheduled Substance
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of a Forged Document with Intent
 
A 32-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:
 
- Produce a Scheduled Substance
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
 
They were each released on Undertakings (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

Traffic Division urges motorists to be responsible, respectful on roadways

Springtime brings warmer temperatures and a chance for car enthusiasts to once again take their vehicles onto the streets. 
The vast majority of individuals who operate vehicles on cruise night choose to do so in a responsible, respectful and legal manner while adhering to the current public health orders. 

However, the Winnipeg Police Service continues to receive complaints regarding racing, as well as the dangerous and noisy operation of motor vehicles. These complaints come from all areas of the city.

This weekend, members of the Traffic Division will be available at various locations to address these issues and ensure that motorists are abiding by the Highway Traffic Act.

The community is reminded that traffic complaints can be reported online for the attention of the Traffic Division. Such incidents may involve aggressive driving and/or a traffic violation or repeated traffic issue at a given location:
•    stop sign or red light infractions 
•    excessive speeding 
•    distracted or careless driving 
•    unsafe passing of a school bus; or 
•    speeding in school zones

https://winnipeg.ca/police/report/default.stm#traffic
Our goal is to ensure the safety of all those that use our roadways. 

Car enthusiasts are also reminded of outdoor gathering restrictions. They are expected to comply with COVID restrictions: 
https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prs/orders/index.html#current

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