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Winnipeg police go undercover to nab Jets scalpers

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The Canadian Press
10/7/2011 9:42:39 PM
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WINNIPEG -- The demand for tickets to Winnipeg Jets games is so great that Winnipeg police officers have been going undercover to try and nail scalpers.

It seems to be working -- police say two men are now facing scalping charges after getting nabbed in the sting.

The tickets had a face value of between $80 and $145 and were sold to the undercover officers for between $850 and $1,500.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said the two men were arrested earlier this week in separate investigations.

Michalyshen said at least one of the alleged scalpers is a Jets season ticket holder.

Michalyshen said the two men were issued a provincial offence notice for a violation of Section 60 of the Amusement Act -- scalping -- and then released.

The tickets were seized and police notified True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Jets, about the arrests.

Michalyshen said people who buy scalped tickets at inflated prices are being victimized, even though he acknowledged they do so willingly.

"Unless things change, we'll enforce those laws," Michalyshen said.

True North announced Friday afternoon that it had already cancelled the season tickets held by several individuals who had violated the re-selling provisions of the purchase agreement.

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