RCMP warrants result in eight arrests

Warrants executed Feb. 26 resulted in a number of arrests including those of a Portage la Prairie man and woman police say are possibly connected to a Feb. 17 drug theft at a local pharmacy.

Portage la Prairie RCMP, along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team, West District Containment Team, and Brandon and Portage RCMP Police Dog Services, executed three separate controlled drugs and substances act search warrants simultaneously on three residences in Portage la Prairie leading to the arrest of eight individuals.

RCMP officers coordinated a 6 a.m. raid at the three residences seizing more than a kilogram of methamphetamine, three ounces of cocaine, a small amount of what appears to be fentanyl/carfentanyl, Canadian currency, four firearms, a pellet gun, and a large amount of prescription drugs police report may have been stolen at the pharmacy break-in.

Police executed the warrants at what appears to have been three simultaneous raids.

At a 1 Street NW residence, police seized a firearm, a pellet gun, ammunition, an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency, cannabis, a substance believed to be fentanyl/carfentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

At the second residence on 5 Ave., police seized a firearm, ammunition, and methamphetamine.

At the third residence on 5 Street NE, police seized methamphetamine, several firearms, a vehicle, and a large number of prescription drugs that appear to be from the recent break and enter at a pharmacy in Portage on February 17.

Jeremy Whincup, 50, and Kayla Whitford, 31, from Portage, were arrested and charged with: four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, hydromorphone); possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of prohibited device, store firearm improperly and possession of stolen property over $5,000

Whincup is also charged with three counts of possess firearm while prohibited. Whitford is also charged with two counts of fail to comply with release order. Both remain in custody.

Police have not released the names of five additional adults arrested under the Feb. 26 warrants. In a March 1 press release, police say a 24-year-old male, 26-year-old male, 27-year-old female, 35-year-old female, and a 37-year-old male, were arrested, charged, and released for a court date. A 16-year-old female was also arrested, charged, and released for a court date.

The investigation continues.

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