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Gun, drugs, cash seized in Winnipeg's St. John's neighbourhood

Winnipeg police say they seized a gun, cash and drugs "related to gang activity" on Monday.

Seizure related to area gang activity, police say

Winnipeg police found this Winchester Defender 12-gauge shotgun after raiding a house on College Avenue. (Winnipeg Police Service)

Winnipeg police say they seized a gun, cash and drugs "related to gang activity" on Monday.

The street crime and organized crime units raided a house in the 300 block of College Avenue in the St. John's neighbourhood Monday evening. 

This Winchester Defender 12-gauge shotgun was in the process of an illegal modification, Winnipeg police say. (Winnipeg Police Service)
The raid led police to a Winchester Defender 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, $1,135 in cash and a small stash of marijuana, a police news release said.

The gun appeared to be undergoing illegal modifications to "allow for concealment," police said.
 
A 35-year-old Winnipegger is in custody and faces numerous firearms and drug charges. He also had warrants out for his arrest for failing to comply with previous court orders.

Another 35-year-old man was arrested and has pending charges for weapons offences, as does a 30-year-old woman. They were both released on a promise to appear in court.

Police said they've seen a significant increase in the number of firearms seized in 2017.

As of the end of July 2017, there were 940 firearms seized, said public information officer Const. Jay Murray. 

Firearm seizures:

  • As of the end of July 2016 — 539 seized. By Nov. 30 of that year, 940 firearms had been seized. The year total was 1,035.
  • As of the end of July 2015 — 601 seized. By Oct. 30 of that year, 940 firearms had been seized. The year total was 1,026.
  • As of the end of July 2014 — 673 seized. By Nov. 23 of that year, 940 firearms had been seized. The year total was 1,045.
  • As of the end of July 2013 — 557 seized. Police finished 2013 with 934 firearms seized.

Const. Murray said there are several reasons for the increase in firearms seizures this year, including special investigative projects leading to large seizures, an increase in patrols of high-crime areas, projects targeting organized crime and police receiving more intelligence.