RCMP investigation leads to gang arrests and seizure of firearm in Winnipeg

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A Manitoba RCMP and Winnipeg Police joint investigation has led to three arrests and the seizure of a rifle, gang paraphernalia and cash.

According to media release on November 6, an RCMP investigation in Norway House, led the Manitoba RCMP North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) to relay information to the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit that a male gang member would be travelling from Norway House to Winnipeg and would be in possession of a firearm.

On November 8, the Winnipeg Police Tactical Support Team and Guns and Gang Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Winnipeg. Several individuals were arrested and multiple items were seized, including a SKS Rifle, assorted ammunition, an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency, drug packaging material and score sheets, and Bloodz Street Gang paraphernalia.

Three people are facing firearms and proceeds of crimes charges.

Wilford Forbister, 28, of Norway House, has been charged with Possession of Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations, Possess Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order x2 and Fail to Comply with Condition of Undertaking.

Sterling Owen, 24, of Winnipeg, has been charged with Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations, Possess Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, Possess Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order x2, Failure to Comply with Condition of Release Order x2 and Possess Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000.

Jeanine Berens, 30, of Winnipeg, has been charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Careless Storage of Firearm, Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations, Failure to Comply with Release Order x3 and Possess Proceeds of Crime over $5,000.