RCMP are reporting that eight people have been arrested and charged in response to multiple search warrants that were executed at three residences in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

On February 26, 2021, at approximately 6am, Portage la Prairie RCMP, along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team, West District Containment Team, and Brandon and Portage RCMP Police Dog Services, executed three separate Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants simultaneously on three residences in Portage la Prairie.

At the first residence on 1st Street NW, police seized a firearm, a pellet gun, ammunition, an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency, cannabis, a substance believed to be fentanyl/carfentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine. At the second residence on 5th Avenue, police seized a firearm, ammunition, and methamphetamine. At the third residence on 5th Street NE, police seized methamphetamine, several firearms, a vehicle, and a large number of prescription drugs that appear to be from the recent break and enter at a pharmacy in Portage on February 17, 2021.

Police say that in total, more than a kilogram of methamphetamine, three ounces of cocaine, a small amount of what appears to be fentanyl/carfentanyl, Canadian currency, four firearms, a pellet gun, and a large amount of prescription drugs were seized.

RCMP report that 50-year-old Jeremy Whincup and 31-year-old Kayla Whitford from Portage, were arrested and are facing numerous firearms and drug related charges. RCMP said that five other adults were arrested and charged in connection to this investigation.