Manitoba RCMP Bust Large Illicit Cannabis Ring; Six People Facing Charges


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Manitoba RCMP Bust Large Illicit Cannabis Ring; Six People Facing Charges
Manitoba RCMP Bust Large Illicit Cannabis Ring; Six People Facing Charges

Six individuals have been arrested in connection to an RCMP investigation that began in 2021 targeted on the trafficking of unlawful hashish.

RCMP intelligence officer Insp. Joe Telus stated this investigation – known as Undertaking Decrypt – has connections to a different accomplished RCMP investigation known as Undertaking Divergent.

Undertaking Divergent resulted in March 2022 with 22 individuals arrested associated to drug trafficking. Telus stated it additionally gave officers entry to different drug networks, which finally helped give the Undertaking Decrypt investigation a lift.

Via Undertaking Decrypt, RCMP had been capable of arrest James Robert McGirr, 39. Investigators discovered McGirr had acquired a Well being Canada licence for a hashish micro-grow operation – a licence that Telus stated was fraudulent.

McGirr was additionally utilizing reputable licences from his associates to additional funnel hashish by way of drug networks, RCMP stated.

Police discovered McGirr would promote the hashish and ultimately convert the money into cryptocurrency. He would additionally assist others launder money into crypto, RCMP stated.

On June 8, 2023, RCMP stated 10 properties linked to McGirr had been searched within the RM of Springfield, whereas one other seven in Winnipeg had been additionally searched.

Police had been capable of seize greater than $6 million in medication, tools and different proceeds of crime. RCMP stated the seized objects ranged from property to life-style objects and foreign money. Officers additionally seized seven weapons.

In whole, seven individuals had been arrested, together with McGirr. Solely six persons are going through prices as RCMP stated the seventh individual has died.

All six suspects have since been launched from custody and the fees in opposition to them haven’t been confirmed in court docket.

Telus famous that whereas this investigation focused illicit hashish, the RCMP isn’t taking a look at individuals who use and develop hashish legally.

“We are not targeting legal users of cannabis. We are not targeting legal growers of cannabis. We are targeting large-scale operations that are producing illicit product and feeding criminal networks that destroy lives, homes and communities. The RCMP will continue to work tirelessly to disrupt these networks,” stated Telus at a information convention Tuesday.

Telus added the unlawful sale of hashish will be fairly profitable and it’s important for RCMP to intercept these drug networks.

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