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Winnipeg Police laid a series of drug and weapons charges after what began as a traffic stop late Friday. Police say officers pulled over a taxi cab around 10:30 p.m. that day in the area of McGregor Street and Pritchard Avenue due to a traffic offense. But when the cab stopped, the passenger in the front seat fled the vehicle, triggering a brief foot pursuit, police say.
A passenger sitting in the backseat was also detained.
Police say a search of the vehicle uncovered six rocks of crack cocaine (worth $120), $1,290 cash, a sawed-off shotgun, and shotgun ammunition.
Two Winnipeg men have since been charged.
Jason Scott Woodhouse, 22, is accused of six firearms and weapons offences, possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possessing the proceeds of property obtained by crime and five counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance.
Mark Alexander Young, 21, was charged with seven firearms and weapons offences, possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possessing the proceeds of property obtained by crime, two counts of failing to follow a probation order and an arrest warrant related to a previous statutory release.
Both of the accused were remanded into custody.