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Court documents show Winnipeg police went high-tech to track alleged traffickers

WINNIPEG - Court documents reveal more than 300,000 phone calls, texts and emails were intercepted by police last year in an elaborate undercover operation that used technology to crack down on high-level drug traffickers in Winnipeg.

Project Sideshow, which began in 2012, focused on four suspects who allegedly transported cocaine, methamphetamine an ecstasy from British Columbia and Ontario for distribution in Winnipeg.

The documents released Tuesday show the messages were intercepted, despite the fact the targets of the operation showed a high level of sophistication by using encrypted communication devices.

Video surveillance also played a role in the operation, while a court order was also sought to electronically track four vehicles and obtain banking information.

Police have said that trafficking money was allegedly laundered through private ATMs around Winnipeg.

A total of 14 people who were arrested recently are facing a variety of drug, weapons and conspiracy-related charges. (CJOB)

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