RCMP Make Arrests in Project Deadbolt

Arrests Made in Project Deadbolt

WINNIPEG, MB - Manitoba RCMP released details of project "Deadbolt" that lead to the arrest of six people and the seizure of drugs and weapons.

RCMP said of the six people were arrested on February 14th, four of them were in Grand Rapids one was in Winnipeg and one more at Headingley Correctional Centre who was charged with gang-related drug trafficking.

RCMP said that since September 2017, officers with the Manitoba Integrated Gang Intelligence Unit have been investigating a Manitoba Warriors trafficking network supplying drugs from Winnipeg to the Grand Rapids area.

On November 12, 2017, Manitoba Warriors member (Striker) Bobby Hudson, and Terry Smith, his driver, were arrested on Highway 6 as they were en route to Grand Rapids. A search of the vehicle resulted in police finding a 567 gram package of cocaine. Police also seized Hudson’s Manitoba Warriors vest. Both men were released at a later date.

Investigators were able to connect the transport of the drugs to Harvey Cook Jr., a full patch member of the Manitoba Warriors, and to his parents Harvey James Cook Sr. and Madeline Cook. Cook Jr. was arrested at Headingley Correctional Centre, where he is in custody on Impaired Driving charges, while his parents were arrested at their home in Grand Rapids.

The final arrest on February 14, 2018, was of Cook Jr.’s supplier, Jesse Richard Thomas of Winnipeg. Thomas is also an associate of the Manitoba Warriors.

During the arrests, two firearms were seized, along with a rifle, a shotgun and a collapsible baton.

“Illegal drugs are insidious and fund many different types of crime,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “Our officers and intelligence experts worked tirelessly on this investigation for many months in order to take not only drugs and guns, but gang members off the street. The RCMP has seen the destruction caused by the trafficking of illicit drugs, and we will continue to enforce the laws against this to their fullest extent.”

RCMP said the investigation continues but, the following charges have been laid:

Harvey Cook Jr., 29, Grand Rapids:

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime

Jesse Richard Thomas, 33, Winnipeg:

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine

Bobby Raymond Hudson, 26, Grand Rapids:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime

Terry Andrew Smith, 27, Grand Rapids:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine

Madeline Cook, 59, Grand Rapids:

  • Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime

Harvey James Cook Sr., 56, Grand Rapids:

  • Conspiracy to Possess the Proceeds of Crime

David Marshal, Manitoba Post

Photo supplied by Manitoba RCMP

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