Victims of gang-related Transcona robbery face drug, weapons charges
Both homeowners, intruders considered gang associates, police say
Three victims of an armed robbery and home invasion earlier this month are facing a series of drug and weapons charges.
In the evening of Jan. 4, a 30-year-old woman, a 60-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were physically assaulted over a three-hour period and not allowed to leave a home on Lou Peltier Crescent in Transcona. Police said they were assaulted and robbed by two men.
Both suspects — an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man — were later located in an SUV stolen from the home and arrested.
They have been charged with three counts each of armed robbery using a firearm, uttering threats and assault causing bodily harm, as well as two counts of kidnapping, one count of forcible confinement and various weapons-related charges.
Police retrieved the following items from the SUV they say were stolen during the robbery:
- Four kilograms of cocaine (estimated street value of $240,000)
- 430 grams of marijuana (estimated street value of $6,450)
- 21 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $3,150)
- 220 grams of a cutting agent
- A cocaine press
Then, on Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, police arrested the two women and one man who were assaulted during the robbery. They are facing charges for weapon possession, possession of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The 36-year-old man remains in custody; the two women were released on a promise to appear in court.
The homeowners and the intruders are gang associates, a police spokesperson said Jan. 6.
The home at the centre of the investigation was also the site of a triple shooting in 2011.