Winnipeg – Major Drug Bust 9 Kilos Meth and 4 Kilos of Cocaine Seized

WINNIPEG – Police in Winnipeg started an investigation into an illegal drug distribution network in the city early in 2020. The trafficking of illegal drugs in Winnipeg are at the root of much of the crime in the city.

The Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit began an extensive investigation which led to a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant being issued on April 16, 2020, for an apartment suite located in the 2200 block of Pembina Highway and an apartment suite located in the South Pointe neighbourhood.

Today, May 6, 2020, Winnipeg Police were able to share details of that drug operation.

Police say, numerous units assisted in the execution of the warrants, including the Drug Enforcement Unit, East District Community Support and the Tactical Support Team.
On April 16, 2020, officers stopped a vehicle with on St. Mary’s Road with two male suspects associated with both of the noted addresses. Both males were arrested.
A subsequent search of the Pembina Highway apartment located the following:
– 9 kilograms of methamphetamine (ESV $1,800,000)
– 4 kilograms of cocaine (ESV $400,000)
– 326 grams of ecstasy (ESV $3,500)
– 0.5 kilograms of benzocaine (cutting agent), (ESV $2,500)
– $5,895 in Canadian currency
– Ballistic vest
– Money counter

As a result, the following individuals now are in custody:

James Daniel PERLETT, 43, has been charged with:
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Ecstasy
– Possess Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000
– Possess Body Armour without Permit

Winnipeg Police confirmed that James Daniel Perlett was convicted in the death of his parents, who died in 1996 when Perlett was convicted of shooting them while they were sleeping in their bed in their Fort Frances Ontario home.

Perlett was 19-years-old at the time and when police arrived at the scene of that double homicide, he was in the home with a gunshot wound in his abdomen. Perlett at the time claimed that his parents were murdered by a masked intruder who also attacked and shot him.

The case was appealled and the Globe and Mail reported in 2006, that “The Ontario Court of Appeal slammed the book closed on a perplexing whodunit yesterday, crushing any hope a 23-year-old Northern Ontario man had of winning a new trial in the execution-style murder of his parents.

“The appellate judges said that it was “impossible to fathom” why James Perlett — a seemingly normal young man with no criminal record and no previous sign of animosity toward his parents — would have shot his mother and father point-blank as they were in their bed.”

James Daniel Perlett was given a life sentence with no parole for 18 years.

Biniam Mengistu FITUR, 40, has been charged with:
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Ecstasy
– Possess Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000
– Possess Body Armour without Permit
None of the charges have been proven in court.