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Friday’s raid of a Brandon apartment — in which police seized shotguns and an assault rifle believed to have been used in recent shootings — has raised a possible link to a street gang.
Police say that Friday’s raid at an apartment on the 300 block of 14th Street was part of an effort to put an end to gun violence in the city.
Since mid-September, two people have been shot and two homes in the city’s east end have been fired at.
Police believe the seized guns are connected to one home on Lorne Avenue East that was shot at on Sept. 15, and a vacant house on Russell Street shot at on Oct. 10.
At about 7:15 p.m. on Friday, police arrested a man in connection with a drug trafficking and firearms investigation and found him with two hatchets.
About two hours later, with a warrant and support from their Tactical Response Unit, police raided the man’s apartment at 342 14th St., a residence he shares with a woman who was also arrested and charged.
nside the suite, police found two sawed-off shotguns, a loaded assault rifle and several rounds of various ammunition.
They also found unspecified "drug trafficking items."
Police later learned that one of the shotguns had been stolen.
While they didn’t specify how, police said the guns may have been used in the shooting of the homes in the east end. However, forensics testing would be needed to confirm that.
A source indicates that police believe the man and woman have ties to the Indian Posse (IP) street gang, but their precise connection hasn’t been specified and any gang connections haven’t been proven.
It remains to be seen how strong any possible link between the shootings and the IP is.
Gang ties are fluid — it’s common for offenders to switch gangs, so it’s not known if this information is current.
Also, gang affiliations are rarely proven in court, and it’s routine for offenders to deny gang ties or tell judges at sentencings that they’ve left gang life.
The IP, and its youth wing, the Young Bucks, were linked to a number of violent incidents in Brandon several years ago.
The gang was one of the targets of a shooting spree in 2010 in which shots were fired at four homes. At least some of the homes had ties to the IP.
Based on recent observations in court, the gang seemed to all but disappear in recent years, while it became more common to hear references to the Manitoba Warriors.
In fact, as a youth, another accused involved in one of the shootings — not in the east end — once identified himself as an associate of the Manitoba Warriors but claimed he’d left the gang.
Charged in connection with Friday’s search and charged with numerous weapon offences are Larry Dwayne Richard, 31, and Carlene Renise Agengo, 31.
Richard was denied bail on Friday, while Agengo was held in custody for another court appearance on Monday.
The allegations against them, including whether they are connected with any gang, haven’t been proven in court and they are presumed innocent.
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