A week ago today (Thursday, June 29), Portage la Prairie RCMP conducted a traffic stop. It took place at about 11:40 p.m. Police observed a vehicle with extensive damage travelling westbound on King Avenue.

Two people were in the vehicle and the 53-year-old woman driver was discovered to be impaired by alcohol and/or drug, so she was detained for further investigation.

The driver became belligerent with officers and refused to exit her vehicle. Both were arrested and upon her search, officers located a zip-lock bag containing a substance believed to be crystal meth, a small quantity of cash, and drug-related paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a machete, knife, cocaine, dried cannabis, and additional drug-related paraphernalia.

53-year-old Joanna Rennicks, of Winnipeg, was charged with:

  • Trafficking, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime,
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited/Restricted Weapon x2.

She was released for court scheduled July 13, in Winnipeg.

The 29-year-old man who was in the car from Portage la Prairie was released for court scheduled September 12, in Portage, where he will face a charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact your local police agency or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Portage la Prairie RCMP continue to investigate.

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