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Public Safety Canada

December 03, 2009 11:29 ET

Minister Van Loan Commends Police Take-down in Manitoba and British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today in response to Project DIVIDE, a joint law enforcement effort between the RCMP, Winnipeg Police Service, Brandon Police Service, Ste. Anne Police Service and police officers from various police agencies in British Columbia. The operation resulted in 31 arrests, and seizures of 165 ounces of cocaine, 12 ounces of methamphetamine, 12,000 tablets of ecstasy, one ounce of heroin and seven pounds of marihuana and an undisclosed amount of money.

"Once again, cooperation between law enforcement has resulted in making our streets and communities safer," said Minister Van Loan. "These charges are a clear sign of Canada's commitment to the fight against organized crime. This government continues to support the efforts of law enforcement in their aim to disrupt criminal activity and protect innocent victims."

Charges have been laid for a variety of offences including drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, proceeds of crime, money laundering, conspiracy to obstruct justice and other offences related to organized crime. This investigation focused on alleged organized crime and drug trafficking activities. It also zeroed in on alleged criminal activities of the Zig Zag Crew and their association to the Manitoba Chapter of the Hells Angels.

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