Get the days breaking stories, weather forecast, and more sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning. On Feb. 28, officers arrested Steele at Stony Mountain Institution, RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. By: Erik Pindera So far, more than 50 tickets have been sold for the beach party at Shapogesich Beach on Saturday night. The objective of the RCMP was to infiltrate the target groups and dismantle the drug trafficking and importation networks that involved individuals across Canada and internationally, according to Manitoba RCMP. John Everse Medina 33-years old. Possession of proceeds of crime, and ending immigration detention arrangement with CBSA, Woman attacked in unprovoked stranger assault on bus in Vancouver (with video), Two people charged in connection to New Westminster assault and armed robbery, Brandon Nandan of New Westminster gets 15 years in CFSEU-BC-led investigation into drug trafficking, ONTARIO: Imran Malik of Milton charged with sexual assault, Ontarios Invest India Invest Canada Summit, ICCR Chair of Indian Studies at University of Calgary, Toronto Mayor Tory orders City to ensure Sikhs not discriminated against for their religious beliefs, Patrick Brown disqualified from Conservative leadership race; Brown hits back (updates), Poster of Canadian film Kaali sparks outrage. Stephen described Ryan as "likely one of most prolific organized crime members in our country.". Knowah Ferguson, an 18-year-old Hamilton resident, waited in a nearby womens washroom clad in the burqa. Supreme Court sentencing decision involving the man convicted of the attempted hit. I provide you with this context not to wow you at this seizure, but to show how many people could have been affected by this illicit product, and not only affected, but potentially killed, he said. Through intelligence-led policing, the police uncovered a significant Canada-wide operation involving the trafficking of illicit drugs and firearms. fill out the form on this page, or We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Letters are edited for length and clarity. Mounties say Project Divergent started in 2018 after officers noticed trends of international drug imports. Grant Stephen, officer in charge of federal, serious and organized crime with Manitoba RCMP, said it was the largest drug seizure in Manitoba RCMP history.. When investigators realized they were onto a large-scale domestic operation, Project Divergent was born. Police seized significant amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and ecstasy; 14 handguns, five semi-automatic rifles and more than $445,000 in cash. Publisher of Voice Newspaper (English), Awaaz (in Punjabi) and Indo-Canadian print media Business Pages. Conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, March 29, 2022 1:58 PM | The Canadian Press, Items seized as part of Project Divergent. We have enabled email notificationsyou will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. It is believed he is still in that area. Through intelligence-led policing, the police uncovered a significant Canada-wide operation involving the trafficking of illicit drugs and firearms. If anyone has information, you are requested to call RCMP at 204-983-5420. The scope and success of Project Divergent was possible because of the tenacity of our investigators and the incredible and unfailing support of our partners. A full-patch member of the Hells Angels is among 22 people who have been charged by Manitoba RCMP as part of a four-year investigation leading to what Mounties say is the biggest drug seizure theyve been involved with. Ritchie Orbegoso, 34-years-old

In total, 66 charges have been laid to date against these 11 individuals. WINNIPEG RCMP in Manitoba say a Hells Angels member is among 22 people arrested after a four-year investigation into a Canada-wide operation that involved trafficking drugs and firearms. Project Divergent, which started in 2018, touched Manitoba, Toronto, Vancouver, the U.S., Colombia and Greece. RCMP say Damion Ryan, who is 41, was arrested in Ontario last month and is facing numerous charges related to firearms and drug trafficking. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. The objective of the RCMP was to infiltrate the target groups and dismantle the drug trafficking and importation networks that involved individuals across Canada and internationally. Along with the 20arrests, police say they also seized more than $70 million worth of illicit drugs, including 110 kilograms of cocaine (with an estimated street value of $11 million), 41.4 kilograms of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $8 million) and three kilograms of fentanyl (estimated street value of $50 million). Suspended until further notice, Contests and Requests "As we have seen in this province and in this country, deaths due to opioid overdose have been staggering," said Inspector Grant Stephen, Officer in Charge of the Federal, Serious, and Organized Crime Section. Officers also seized 14 handguns, five assault-style rifles and more than $445,000 in Canadian money. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, RCMP Liaison Officers in Bogota, Colombia; Rome, Italy; Washington; and Los Angeles, Homeland Security Investigations out of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Ontario Provincial Police, Biker Enforcement Unit, which also includes officers from the Ottawa Police Service, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Forensic Accounting Management Group (FAMG). "I provide you with this context not to wow you with the seizure, but to show you how many people could have been affected with this amount of illicit product," Stephen said. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22-24, Bradley Park in Moosomin will be a busy place with three big ball events onU13 Provincial Baseball, Mas Saskatchewan Energy and Mines Minister Jim Reiter says the federal government missed an opportunity to address energy shortages at the Energy and Mine On July 19, 2022 at approximately 9:40 a.m., Estevan RCMP received a report of a collision on Highway #18, east of Bienfait. Denis Ivziku, 24, is from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, and is believed to still be in that area. Kieffer Michael Kramar, 30, is from Winnipeg, but RCMP believe he could be anywhere in Canada. 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Police seized significant amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and ecstasy; 14 handguns, five semi-automatic rifles and more than $445,000 in cash. 2022 Vancouver Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Court was told on March 20, 2021, that Winnipeg police had executed warrants on Steeles Portage Avenue suite. aims to be a leader in agritech, No injuries after fire at Angus home Thursday afternoon, 80 city trees in Bedford, N.S. Ferguson returned to the food court and sat at a table behind Ryan. 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Hes barred by court order from contacting 23 people, including many of those charged in the probe, and he faces firearms charges in Ontario. RCMP say Damion Ryan, who is 41, was arrested in Ottawa last month and is facing charges related to firearms and drug trafficking. We encountered an issue signing you up. Police seized a range of Hells Angelsparaphernalia belonging to Ryan when they arrested him. Lord Kofi Agyapong-Mensah, 40-years-old Damion Ryan, 41, of Ottawa, was arrested in that city Feb. 23, as part of an RCMP probe that infiltrated five Canadian and international criminal networks with assistance from police agencies across Canada, the U.S., Colombia and Greece. to come down because of Emerald Ash Borer, Idlewyld Inn & Spa to temporarily close due to COVID-19, Small water meter shortage could cause delays for new apartment and condo units, Here's why emergency weather alerts seem to be triggered everywhere, Farmer's mental health a top priority for Lethbridge County after severe weather events, Council approves self-cleaning washroom at Elora park. If you don't see it, please check your junk folder. 20 arrested, $70M in drugs seized after years-long international investigation: RCMP | CBC News Loaded. Eighteen of the 22 accused as part of Project Divergent are Manitobans. The investigation, dubbed Project Divergent, was launched in 2018 after a Manitoba RCMP criminal analyst flagged some trends regarding the importation of drugs into Canada, police said at a news conference in Winnipeg Tuesday morning. Of the 20 people arrested, 17 were from Manitoba, including Damion Ryan, who police say is a full patch Hells Angels member with the Attica chapter in Greece but who lives inOntario. Stephen said the estimated street value of all the drugs seized totalled $70 million. Denis Ivziku, 24, is from the lower mainland of British Columbia. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. The investigation began in August 2018 with the arrest of two Winnipeg residents who were attempting to import 40 kilograms of cocaine into Manitoba. Jane MacLatchy, assistant commissioner of the Manitoba RCMP, said the arrests made, which include one member of an outlaw biker gang, will have a significant impact. Mounties said they are searching for two more suspects 30-year-old Kieffer Michael Kramar from Winnipeg and 24-year-old Denis Ivziku from the Lower Mainland. Linda Pelletier, 41-years-old "Project Divergent disrupted the supply chain and took these drugs off the street. Toronto He has tremendous reach into different networks, both in Canada and internationally, said Stephen. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. We could not have done this without them.". Letters must include the writers full name, address, and a daytime phone number. Kieffer Michael Kramar, 30,is from Winnipeg, but police believe he could be anywhere in Canada. A connection with the Hells Angels was discovered. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. M5V 2Z5. On February 23, Damion Ryan, a full patch Hells Angels member with the Attica chapter in Greece, was arrested in Ontario, which was a huge disruption to the supply chain of drugs and guns that he helped facilitate. Ryan ran through the food court and toward the domestic terminal. Ryan Cerezo-Brennan, 32-years old To submit a letter: Two more people were arrested on December 5th, bringing the total number of individuals arrested to 11. Centre for Agritech Innovation this fall at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus. An earlier version of this story said 22 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation. Grant Stephen, commander of Manitoba RCMPs organized crime unit, announced that 22 people had been charged. Hes charged with leading one of the networks. During these search warrants, nine people were arrested and safely taken into custody. Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, June 29, 2022, 2:27 pm Updated on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 6:24 PM CDT: Fixes typo. Privacy Policy| Editorial Policy |Advertise|Contact, Hells Angels Member Among 22 Charged in Large Drug and Weapons Bust, Previous: Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Appears Virtually Before Judge in Montreal on Sex Charges, Next: Manitoba to Reconstruct Rivers Dam After Flooding, A Personal Journey: People Travelling Great Distances to See Pope Francis, Winnipeg Man Killed in Crash in RM of Springfield, Two Charged in Rash of Break and Enters in Morris, Road Construction Closing Portions of Empress Street, Indigenous Woman Says She Feels Heard as Accused Priest Has First Court Appearance. Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, July 14, 2022, 1:36 pm Ryan is a prominent member of B.C.s outlaw motorcycle gangs and is a member of the Hells Angels chapter in Attica, Greece. One Community One Voice. 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Mounties say Project Divergent started in 2018 after officers noticed trends of international drug imports. More than $7M in drugs seized in bust, including some smuggled into prison by drone: Winnipeg police, Manitoba RCMP stagger international drug trafficking network, seize $7.6M in cocaine, $1.5M cash, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. 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Other people charged in the investigation include: None of the charges against any of the accused have been proven in court. Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, July 14, 2022, 10:49 am Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, June 29, 2022, 2:40 pm "That was the nexus of our investigation," he said. B.C. Ren-Lvesque E. Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, June 29, 2022, 2:35 pm Police say Kramar could be anywhere in Canada, while Ivziku is believed to still be in the Lower Mainland. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. H2L 4T9, Office Hours A full-patch Hells Angel biker accused of running a drug-trafficking network with links in Manitoba was once targeted by a contract killer disguised in a burqa in Vancouvers airport. Weve been able to cause a large disruption in the flow of guns and drugs in the country, she said. WINNIPEG RCMP in Manitoba say a Hells Angels member is among 22 people arrested after a four-year investigation into a Canada-wide operation that involved trafficking drugs and firearms. On Tuesday, Mounties announced the results of Project Divergent, a national and international operation focused on the importation and distribution of illicit guns and drugs. Police also recovered 14 handguns and what they described as five assault-style weapons. Mounties are also searching for two more suspects 30-year-old Kieffer Michael Kramar from Winnipeg and 24-year-old Denis Ivziku from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Seven in Winnipeg, one in St. Laurent, Manitoba, and one in Calgary, Alberta. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, RCMP Liaison Officers in Bogota, Colombia; Rome, Italy; Washington; and Los Angeles, Homeland Security Investigations out of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Ontario Provincial Police, Biker Enforcement Unit, which also includes officers from the Ottawa Police Service, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Forensic Accounting Management Group (FAMG). We could not have done this without them.. Multiple police techniques were used to infiltrate the networks, and investigators began to see large-volume transactions happening with cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, specifically fentanyl, and assault-style firearms and ammunition. This investigation has resulted in the largest amount of meth seized in an organized crime investigation in Manitoba history. A connection with the Hells Angels was discovered. 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Enrico Funk, 29, from Freidensruh, Manitoba; Artjom Gotting, 32, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Nathaniel Cabal, 31, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trinh Ducthang Dinh, 31, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Zuhair Mohammad-Zarif, 27, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Jesse James Whyte, 26, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Andre Omar Steele, 41, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brittany Girardeau, 28, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Albert Theodore Jansen, 39, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sharon Jonatanson, 66, from Libau, Manitoba; Scott Matthew Jonatanson, 27, from Libau, Manitoba; Caitlin Jones, 22, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Owen James Quesnel, 33, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; William Solomon Gooding, 24, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Brian Christopher Yakimoski, 28, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Jeffrey David Gaudet, 32, from Winnipeg, Manitoba; and. [Damion Ryan was one of six gangsters with links to Vancouver whose photos, names and ages were released to the media by Vancouver Police in May 2021. Its a measure that hasnt been taken by businesses for quite some time closures due to COVID-19. The scope and success of Project Divergent was possible because of the tenacity of our investigators and the incredible and unfailing support of our partners. The total amount of drugs seized throughout the investigation is 22 kilograms of methamphetamine, which translates to about 220,000 hits, and 43 kilograms of cocaine. Hells Angel Damion Ryan blurred his face when he posted this shot with unidentified Hells Angels friends in Europe on his instagram account. The map shows the international scope of the large scale drug operation. Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, July 14, 2022, 11:08 am