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Major drug bust strikes Grand Rapids; Winnipeg

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As part of an ongoing investigation, the RCMP announced on Tuesday a major drug bust and a series of arrests, including several residents of Grand Rapids.
Two homes in the community were raided leading to the arrest of four people from Grand Rapids. A fifth person was also arrested in Winnipeg and a sixth at the Headingley Correctional Centre was also involved and charged with gang-related drug trafficking.
The arrests come following several months of investigation, stemming from September of 2017. The RCMP Manitoba Integrated Gang Intelligence Unit were investigating the Manitoba Warriors cocaine trafficking network that was supplying drugs from Winnipeg to the Grand Rapids area.
On November 12, 2017, the first arrests were made in connection with the trafficking when Manitoba Warriors member (Striker) Bobby Hudson, and Terry Smith, his driver, were arrested on Highway 6 en route to Grand Rapids, according to a police report issued on the arrests. In a search of their vehicle police located a 567-gram package of cocaine which was seized.
Also seized in that bust was a Manitoba Warriors vest. The matter was investigated from there and eventually connected to Harvey Cook Jr., a full patch member of the Manitoba Warriors, and to his parents Harvey James Cook Sr. and Madeline Cook, according to the RCMP.
Cook Jr. was arrested at Headingley Correctional Centre while his parents were arrested at their homes in Grand Rapids.
The final arrest came last Wednesday when Jesse Richard Thomas, who was identified by the RCMP as Cook Jr.’s supplier, was arrested in Winnipeg.
Police also seized two firearms, a rifle and a shotgun, along with a collapsible baton.
“Illegal drugs are insidious and fund many different types of crime,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “Our officers and intelligence experts worked tirelessly on this investigation for many months in order to take not only drugs and guns but gang members off the street. The RCMP has seen the destruction caused by the trafficking of illicit drugs, and we will continue to enforce the laws against this to their fullest extent.”
According to the RCMP, the following charges were laid in connection with the investigation:
Harvey Cook Jr., 29, Grand Rapids, remains in custody:
• Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
•Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime
Jesse Richard Thomas, 33, Winnipeg, remains in custody:
•Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
Bobby Raymond Hudson, 26, Grand Rapids, in custody:
•Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
• Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
•Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime
Terry Andrew Smith, 27, Grand Rapids, released:
•Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
•Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
Madeline Cook, 59, Grand Rapids, released:
•Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime
Harvey James Cook Sr., 56, Grand Rapids, released:
•Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime
The investigation continues.

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Trent Allen
EDITOR
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