Winnipeg police lay more than 100 charges after seizing $1.5M in drugs

WINNIPEG –

Officers with the Winnipeg Police Service have laid more than 100 charges following a drug and firearms investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than $1.5 million in illicit drugs and numerous firearms.

The Winnipeg police’s guns and gangs unit, as well as the organized crime unit, began their investigation in August 2021 due to a social media post involving a gun.

The guns and gangs unit then continued with the investigation, which turned into a firearm and drug-related investigation.

On Aug. 19, officers executed three search warrants – one at a home in the first 100 block of Dalhousie Drive, one at a home in the 200 block of Provencher Boulevard, and another at a hotel in the 1800 block of Pembina Highway.

During these searches, police seized more than $1.5 million in illicit drugs, $150,000 in cash, and a number of firearms and ammunition.

Drugs and firearms seized by police during a recent investigation (CTV News Photo Glenn Pismenny)

(CTV News Photo Glenn Pismenny)

The items seized include:

  • 17.8 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $890,000;
  • 2.7 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $214,000;
  • 8.5 kilograms of Xanax pills with an estimated street value of $250,000;
  • 1.5 kilograms of Psilocybin with an estimated street value of $15,000;
  • 500 grams of fentanyl with an estimated street value of $139,000;
  • 19 Percocet pills and 36 Gabapentin pills with a combined estimated street value of $200;
  • $150,000 in cash;
  • A money counter, vacuum sealer and packaging materials;
  • 12-gauge shotgun;
  • 40 calibre Sig Sauer P320 model;
  • .22 calibre Ruger rifle model 10-22;
  • .22 calibre GSG rifle model MP40;
  • 9 mm Ruger rifle model PC Carbine – obliterated serial number;
  • Inoperable revolver;
  • .22 Derringer Frontier model;
  • Two Glock 19 air pistols;
  • Glock 17 air pistol;
  • Walther PPK air pistol;
  • Crosman SNR .357 air pistol;
  • Various ammunition (compatible with all these firearms) and;
  • Two smoke grenades.

Fentanyl seized by police during a recent investigation (CTV News Photo Glenn Pismenny)

(CTV News Photo Glenn Pismenny)

Four people from Winnipeg were charged with a total of 109 offences. None of the charges have been proven in court.

  • Jonathan Alexander Herntier, 37, is charged with 46 drug, firearms, and assault-related offences;
  • Joseph Liew, 36, is charged with 35 drug and firearm-related offences;
  • Laura Jeanne Powell, 26, is charged with 16 drug and firearm-related offences;
  • Sherry Ann Kelly Lagimodiere, 31, is charged with 12 drug and firearm-related offences.

All four suspects were taken into custody.

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