Child in protective care after Winnipeg police charge adults for alleged drug use

Two people are in custody and a child has been placed into protective care after Winnipeg police were notified of alleged drug use Monday.

Winnipeg police say around 2:30 p.m. they were notified of a man that was unconscious in a vehicle in a parking lot along Empress Street.

When officers arrived, paramedics were already at the scene, at which point a man and a woman were taken into custody.

WPS say during their investigation, the man provided them with a false identity, and officers learned the pair had allegedly consumed drugs.

“The child was observed to be locked out of the vehicle in the elements while both suspects injected opioids and consumed marijuana,” WPS said in a statement.

Within the vehicle, officers found a disassembled Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, which was previously reported as stolen. They also found 30 rounds of ammunition and 29 grams of cocaine.

Both suspects have been charged with “numerous” firearm and drug-related charges.

Police have not released the identity of the suspects to protect the child involved. Since Monday afternoon, the child was placed in protective care and a puppy that was also at the scene was given to Animal Services.

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