On February, 26, 2013 WPS members arrested and charged a 54 year old Winnipeg man with Uttering Threats and various firearm offences including possession of a firearm while prohibited. During the incident a shot gun was seized.
An investigation into the firearm was initiated by the EDS Detectives, the National Weapons Enforcement Team (NWEST) and the WPS Firearms Investigative Analysis Section.
As a result, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 400 block of Rue St Jean Baptiste at which time Police seized 101 firearms, 15 of which were restricted or prohibited handguns as well as thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition. A 57 year old male from Winnipeg was also arrested. Numerous firearm related charges are pending, including transferring a firearm without authority.
Legal & illegal firearms, such as the ones seized in this investigation, often fall into the hands of criminal organizations and violent street gangs who obtain them by doing residential break & enters, or by purchasing them from habitual residential or commercial break & enter offenders.
Street gangs in Winnipeg put a great deal of effort into acquiring firearms to defend their turf and to further their criminal enterprise. Violence and intimidation are essential street gang elements that are exponentially enhanced by the acquisition and use of firearms.
On February 15, 2013 a firearm was used in the gangland style slaying of William Moar (24), aka “G-Money.”
The WPS Homicide Unit subsequently arrested and charged Akech Ajack(22) and a fifteen (15) year old young offender with First Degree Murder in Moar’s killing.