RCMP bust pair in Channing on cocaine, weapons charges following search warrant

A search warrant on a home in Channing has led to arrests and several drug and weapons charges.

Officers from Flin Flon RCMP, Cranberry Portage RCMP, Creighton RCMP and from the RCMP Emergency Response Team executed the warrant Feb. 20 at a home in the Channing area. According to a Manitoba RCMP news release, officers found a significant amount of cash, six grams of cocaine, electronic devices and five firearms inside the home, including a sawed-off shotgun and two handguns with what police deemed to be readily accessible ammunition. Police also found what was described as “drug trafficking paraphernalia” inside the home, along with a machete and a crossbow.

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Three people were arrested at the home. RCMP have identified two of the three parties arrested, naming 43-year-old Jeffrey Atkinson and 51-year-old Scott Lysohirka, both from Flin Flon. A third person, a 41-year-old female, was not identified by RCMP. 

Atkinson and Lysohirka both face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds obtained by crime over $5,000 and several offenses relating to the firearms. Both remain in RCMP custody.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. None of the charges have been proven in court.

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