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Man calls Winnipeg police about assault in hotel, cops bust him for drug trafficking

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A man is in custody after police went to a call about a hotel room assault, but instead found cocaine scattered throughout the room.

Police were called to a hotel on Ellice Avenue just after 8 a.m. Wednesday after a man said he had been assaulted and he didn’t know where the suspects had run off to.

When police got there, they saw cocaine scattered throughout the room.

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Police said the man was arrested and he and the room were searched. They said they found about $8,000 worth of meth, fentanyl, cocaine, Xanax, drug packaging materials and more than $17,545 in cash.

The man was taken to hospital but released without needing treatment, said police.

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Peter Alfred Melquist, 39, faces several drug trafficking charges as well as possession of the proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

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