Winnipeg police arrest high ranking Zig Zag gang members in drug bust
Winnipeg police have laid charges against several people in connection with two drug busts in Osborne Village.
Global News has learned the raids happened at 383 Gertrude Avenue and 71 Roslyn Road, both on Nov. 3.
It was part of a two month investigation by the Organized Crime Unit which targeted members of the Zig Zag Crew, a support club of the Hell’s Angels.
“The impact of this investigation reaches far beyond the criminal justice system,” Division Cmdr. Max Waddell said. “As long as there is demand for illicit drugs, the supply chain will remain.”
Police arrested five people, including brothers Joel and Nicholas Bruneau.
Officers said high ranking members of the Zig Zag Crew are now behind bars and the arrests will have a significant impact.
“I’ve worked on the Zig Zag Crew and the outlaw biker area for sometime,” Detective Steve Mitchell said. “I know this particular arrest, with who is in custody, will effect (the gang).”
Police said the seizure was sizable and significant and included:
- cash in excess of $150,000.00
- 7 pounds of marijuana
- 100 grams of marijuana Resin
- 29 fentanyl blotter tabs
- 3.2 grams of fentanyl powder
- bullet proof vest
- brass knuckles
- 12 Rounds of .357 magnum ammunition
- money counter
- packaging materials
- contaminated press plates
- various Hells Angels support wear
- full patch Zig Zag crew vest
- 2.5 kilos of cocaine
- 502.3 grams MDMA
- approximately 75 kilograms of benzocaine
- 2 contaminated scales
- packaging materials
- cocaine contaminated cooking pot
- contaminated blender and measuring cups
- several ounces of an unknown substance
- numerous empty kilo packaging
Joel Bruneau and a 21-year-old woman, were charged with several offences:
- possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking
- possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000
- possess body armour without a valid permit or in a manner inconsistent with the valid permit
- possession of a prohibited device or ammunition knowing its possession is unauthorized
Nicholas Bruneau, 31-years-old, and Thomas Ross Halpin, 29-years-old, both from Winnipeg, face a number of charges.
Jordan Houston, 26-years-old, was arrested Nov. 8.
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