Cops seize meth, pis­tol

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - GLEN DAWKINS gdawkins@post­

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.”

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