WINNIPEG – Thousands of dollars worth of drugs are off the streets and 14 people have been arrested following a large police operation, known as “Project Central.”
Winnipeg Police said the operation was initiated by several units due to an increase in the buying and selling of illegal drugs in the central part of Winnipeg.
The collaboration began in September and officers managed to identify suspects and locations.
Const. Jason Michalyshen tells Global News, Project Central is meant to tackle the chronic issue of drugs in the community.
“This have to be done,” Michalyshen said. “And we have to initiate different methods and different ways of dealing with issues, and no question Project Central has been very successful at this point.”
On January 27th, officers carried out three search warrants – one on Beacon Street, another on Pacific Avenue and one Leila Avenue.
Officers seized $8,500 in cash, cocaine worth $18,000, crystal meth worth $2,500 and marijuana worth $360.
Police are still testing an unknown white powder after 1.1 kg of it was found in one of the locations.
Those arrested have been charged with several drug and weapon offences.
Michalyshen said some of those arrest have connection to gangs.