Norway House investigation leads to three arrests and seizure of gun in Winnipeg

An RCMP investigation in Norway House led to three arrests and the seizure of a gun, money and gang paraphernalia.

After a Nov. 6 investigation, the Manitoba RCMP North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team provided information to the Winnipeg Police Service that a man would be travelling from Norway House to Winnipeg while in possession of a gun. The Winnipeg police Tactical Support Team and Guns and Gang Unit executed a search warrant at a Winnipeg residence Nov. 8, seizing an SKS rifle, cash, drug packaging material and score sheets and Bloodz street gang paraphernalia.

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Wilford Forbister, 28, of Norway House was arrested along with Sterling Owen, 24, of Winnipeg, and Jeanine Berens, 30, of Winnipeg. Forbister is charged with possessing an unauthorized firearm, storing a firearm contrary to regulations, two charges of possessing a firearm in violation of a prohibition order and failing to comply with an undertaking. Owen is charged with possessing an unauthorized firearm, storing a firearm contrary to regulations and two counts of possessing a firearm in violation of a prohibition order as well as two counts of failing to comply with the conditions of a release order and possessing proceeds of crime worth more than $5,000. Berens is charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, storing a firearm contrary to regulations, three counts of failing to comply with a release order and possessing proceeds of crime worth over $5,000.

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