On January 6, 2021, at approximately 2:55 pm, RCMP stopped a vehicle on Highway 1, in the RM of Reynolds. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of approximately eight kilograms of cocaine. The driver and sole occupant, a 44-year-old male from Alberta, was arrested.
Llewellyn Ellsworth has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and was remanded into custody.
It was determined that the drugs seized were destined for Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Eight kilograms of cocaine is a significant seizure anywhere, but in Newfoundland and Labrador this is even more significant given our small population and geography," said RCMP Sergeant Adam Palmer, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Federal Serious and Organized Crime in St. John's Newfoundland. "We are thankful Manitoba RCMP were able to intercept these drugs before they arrived in our province."
Manitoba RCMP continue to investigate.