Cops seize meth, pistol
A large amount of methamphetamine and a weapon were taken off the street following a traffic stop Wednesday evening in the downtown area.
At around 7 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the first 100 block of Garry St.
The driver was found to be in possession of a backpack, a loaded .22 calibre pistol concealed on his person, a knife, two cellphones, more than $1,000 in cash, and around 55 grams of methamphetamine. The backpack contained close to 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, 69 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition, packing material and a scale. The total street value of the methamphetamine seized was around $27,000.
Stephen Bartholomew Egesz, 34, has been charged with a long list of weapons offences including carrying a concealed weapon as well as possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. He has been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
“As much drugs we can take off the street, we know we can make an impact,” said police spokesperson Const. Tammy Skrabek, who said they often see a link between weapons and drug trafficking. "If we can reduce the amount of drugs on the street, odds are pretty good we’re going to reduce the amount of weapons that we’re seeing and the use of weapons that we’re seeing.
“If we can make a dent in the presence of drugs in the city, I think we will see some of the violent crime and these weapons offences perhaps decrease.”