Project Sasquatch Generates Major Drug Seizures – $10 Million in Cocaine Seized

Interjurisdictional Cooperation Lead to Drug Arrest in Calgary

CALGARY – WINNIPEG – NEWS – In October 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit initiated Project “Sasquatch,” which uncovered the details of an interprovincial drug courier who was transporting multiple kilograms of illicit drugs including Meth, Cocaine, Fentanyl and Heroin from eastern Ontario across the prairie provinces to Alberta.

Due to the overall scope of the investigation and inter-jurisdictional challenges, the Winnipeg Police enlisted the assistance of the Calgary Police Service who eventually took over the investigation.

Nearly $10 Million in Drugs Seized
Nearly $10 Million in Drugs Seized

Alberta – Police seized nearly $10 million in cocaine and crystal methamphetamine from a vehicle near Drumheller late last week

In November 2019, Calgary police received information from partner police agencies indicating a Calgary resident may be involved in the transportation of drugs across Canada. The Calgary Police Service Gang Enforcement Team initiated an investigation utilizing a number of covert resources. As a result of the evidence gathered during the investigation, police gained grounds to arrest the suspect.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, the suspect stopped his vehicle near Dorothy, Alberta. Calgary police, with assistance from the Drumheller RCMP, took the driver into custody without incident.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the seizure of:

• 46.9 kg of cocaine in uncut bricks. Wholesale value of an estimated $2.4 million, with a street-level value of an estimated $4.69 million.
• 47.5 kg of crystal methamphetamine. Wholesale value of an estimated $2.38 million with a street-value of an estimated $4.75 million.

Jacob Cody Neumann, 33, of Calgary, is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He will next appear in court on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

“Drug traffickers be warned – police agencies from across this country are working together to identify, locate and arrest those who traffic in illicit substances causing significant harm to our communities. Drugs fuel violent crime and investigations such as this address both the drugs and the associated violence,” says Staff Sgt. Kyle Grant, Strategic Enforcement Unit, Calgary Police Service. “We are committed to working with our policing partners to address enforcement, and with our community partners to support prevention and intervention initiatives for vulnerable Calgarians.”

The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to working in partnership with both Canadian and American Police Agencies to prevent the flow of illicit drugs from entering our communities. We encourage those who are challenged with addiction issues to seek out assistance that will ultimately prevent overdoses and reduce the demand for all illicit drugs. For more information visit afm.mb.ca.

The Winnipeg Police Service congratulates the Calgary Police Service Gang Enforcement Team on achieving such an exceptional result that will no doubt have a significant impact on disrupting the flow of Illicit Drugs into our local community and those across western Canada.