Interprovincial Illicit Drug Network Uncovered by Police

Winnipeg, Manitoba – In May 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit uncovered the centre of an interprovincial illicit drug crime network.

The primary criminal activities of this organized crime group involved the transportation of multiple kilograms of cocaine from Vancouver British Columbia through Calgary Alberta, Regina Saskatchewan, with the final destination being the City of Winnipeg.

As the scope of the investigation expanded inter-provincially, the Winnipeg Police Service enlisted the assistance of the Regina Police Service, Calgary Police Sevice, Vancouver Police Department and Surrey RCMP.

The month and a half investigation concluded on June 18, where the Regina Police Service executed search warrants on residences in the 3200 block East Woodhams Drive, the 900 block of Wadey Drive, three vehicles, and a storage locker in East Regina. Items revealed among the searches include currency, substances believed to be cocaine, MDMA, psilocybin, drug paraphernalia, and brass knuckles.

Cocaine
File Photo – Cocaine

Two Regina males and a Regina female have been charged as a result of this investigation.

Twenty-five-year-old Kale Jayden MARTIN, of Regina, is charged with:

– Possession of scheduled substance for the purposes of trafficking (methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)) [CDSA 5(2)];

– Possession of scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) [CDSA 5(2)];

– Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 [CC 355]; and

– Unauthorized possession of a weapon [CC 91(2)].

Twenty-five-year-old Selin GOLBAR, of Regina, is charged with:

– Possession of scheduled substance for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine) [CDSA 5(2)]

– Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 [CC 355].

Twenty-four-year-old Raven Stewart LEIPPI, of Regina, is charged with:

– Possession of scheduled substance for the purposes of trafficking (cocaine) [CDSA 5(2)]

– Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 [CC 355].

The three accused made their first appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on Friday, June 19, 2020.

A simultaneous CDSA Search Warrant was then executed by Surrey RCMP on June 18 just before midnight. RCMP seized: cocaine press, 25 kilos of Phenacetin (cutting agent) $100,000 in cash, hundreds of packaged cannabis products, 10 pounds of cannabis and body armour. This investigation is still ongoing.

In the early hours of Friday, June 19, 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs unit arrested an associated male;

Logan Randall PAHL 31, of Vancouver British Columbia, was charged with:

– Possess a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

– Possess Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Pahl was detained in custody.

An extensive search of the 2018 Nissan Murano Pahl was operating revealed a sophisticated “concealment trap” located at the rear of the vehicle. This was discovered when Investigators activated the key fob, at which time the concealment trap elevated vertically out of the rear bumper. Three kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $270,000 and $176,000 in Canadian currency bundled in proceeds of crime fashion were found.

The result of this complex interprovincial illicit drug investigation demonstrates our ability as law enforcement to work collectively to detect, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations through targeted, proactive intelligence-led enforcement. The success of this investigation should be a reminder to those who wish to participate in the illicit drug trade that justice shall be served.

We want to acknowledge the assistance of our valued policing partners, Regina Police Service, Calgary Police Service, Vancouver Police Department and Surrey RCMP, in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion.

Winnipeg Police Service



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