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Winnipeg police, OPP raid homes in joint operation into ‘highly sophisticated’ crime network

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Global News' Joe Scarpelli reports on raids seen across Winnipeg as part of a joint investigation into what police are calling a highly sophisticated criminal network – Dec 19, 2019

Winnipeg police say there were a number of raids made at locations throughout the city Wednesday as part of a joint investigation with the Ontario Provincial Police.

At a morning media conference WPS spokesperson Const. Rob Carver said officers “executed a number of search warrants” in Winnipeg, rural Manitoba, and parts of Ontario, during the coordinated raids.

“A very, very large number of heavily armed units were out there this morning,” said Carver.

“It was working to dismantle a highly sophisticated inter-provincial organized crime network.”

Carver said the investigation was led by Winnipeg police and the raids involved a number of officers, including from the organized crime unit and the guns and gangs unit.

In a release later in the day police said the investigation, dubbed Project Highland, was started in April and also involved Manitoba Finance and Taxation.

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Carver said RCMP were not involved.

Carver didn’t say how many arrests were made or how many homes were raided.

He also didn’t say what the investigation was about.

“These things are held incredibly tightly,” he said. “To be honest, I do not know, that’s how tightly they’re held.

Carver said police expect to release more information at a press conference Monday.

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