Western Canada organized crime fight leads to $2.7M in seizures and 10 arrests

WATCH: Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth said Thursday 10 people were charged and millions of dollars in cash an property were seized in a collaborative effort against organized crime.

The Winnipeg Police Service shared details Thursday about a collaboration against organized crime in the western provinces.

Speaking from the Manitoba Public Insurance offices on Plessis Road Thursday, WPS was joined by RCMP, the Justice Minister and other city officials.


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Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth said a collaborative effort with RCMP, dubbed Project Riverbank, ended Oct. 18.

Search warrants were executed at 16 locations resulting in 10 arrests and multiple seizures in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and the Greater Vancouver area.

A total of 156 charges were laid against the suspects collectively, ranging from drug trafficking and conspiracy to firearms offenses.


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Six of the suspects were arrested in Winnipeg, one was in Edmonton and three were from Vancouver.

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Smyth said the 10-month initiative across the western provinces resulted in a total of $2.7 million in cash and proceeds taken in.

In Manitoba, $121,000 in cash was seized, as well as $845,500 in drugs and $404,500 in vehicles.

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A significant amount of cash was seized during Project Riverbank.

A significant amount of cash was seized during Project Riverbank.

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Cash, counting machines and drugs were seized by police in a western Canada crime crack-down dubbed Project Riverbank.

Cash, counting machines and drugs were seized by police in a western Canada crime crack-down dubbed Project Riverbank.

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Project Riverbend resulted in multiple vehicles, including boat trailers, motorcycles and sports cars, being seized in Vancouver.

Project Riverbend resulted in multiple vehicles, including boat trailers, motorcycles and sports cars, being seized in Vancouver.

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Project Riverbend resulted in multiple vehicles, including boat trailers, motorcycles and sports cars, being seized in Vancouver.

Project Riverbend resulted in multiple vehicles, including boat trailers, motorcycles and sports cars, being seized in Vancouver.

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The value of items seized in B.C. totaled $250,000 cash and $966,000 in vehicles, including a boat trailer, trucks, motorcycles and luxury cars.

Saskatchewan values amounted to $72,000 in drugs, cash and vehicles. Another $27,000 total value was seized in Alberta.

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