Winnipeg bagel shop was trafficking drugs and more, court filing alleges

Winnipeg bagel shop was trafficking drugs and more, court filing alleges

Chris Silva, owner of Hudson Bagels in Winnipeg, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession of property obtained through drug-related crime valued over $5,000. The allegations come from a police investigation called Project Onyx, which began in August 2021. 


Hudsons owners seen standing in-front of their establishment

During the investigation, undercover officers, warrants, and surveillance were used to observe approximately $1 million worth of cocaine being handled, stored, and/or distributed by members of the network. Silva is accused of accepting cash from other members of the network on multiple occasions. One incident involved a gift bag containing $45,000 in cash, and another involved sending $90,000 in cash to an address in British Columbia.

The provincial government is also seizing money from bank accounts linked to Silva, his partner and co-owner, and their business. Silva’s partner has not been charged with any crimes and the charges against Silva have not yet been proven in court. Winnipeg hudsons

Manitoba law allows the government to seize assets that are the proceeds of a crime or were used to commit one, even if the person involved hasn’t been convicted. The alleged crimes took place between September 13 and December 14, 2020. Hudson Bagels, a small shop with a yellow door on Winnipeg’s Sherbrook Street, opened during the pandemic in November 2020.

The court filing also states that police observed Silva being given drug money by another member of the network on several occasions. In three of the incidents, Silva allegedly accepted the cash in the same Southdale shopping centre parking lot.

Police received a warrant in one of these incidents to find and inspect a gift bag that would later be given to Silva. The bag was found to contain $45,000 in cash. In another alleged incident, Silva received cash in the parking lot of a restaurant on St. Mary’s Road. He returned to Hudson Bagels for about 45 minutes before leaving to meet with an unknown person in his vehicle.

Police intercepted the package with a warrant and found $90,000 in cash inside.

The money was “bundled and packaged in a manner consistent with high-level drug trafficking and proceeds of unlawful activity,” according to the court filing. Silva, his partner, the bagel shop, and their bank are all listed as defendants in the statement of claim.


Edit: 3:57pm 12/22/2022 Credit – Caitlyn Gowriluk. Read CBC’s article at the link below.

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