Wednesday, December 28, 2016

SQ raid fentanyl production ring in Eastern Townships and South Shore - Update

Police have confirmed that a busted illegal drug lab was producing fentanyl capsules. Police found two tablet presses, an encapsulating machine and a kilogram of what tests later showed to be a mix of Xanax and fentanyl.

The raids were the first time police have dismantled a lab found to be packaging the drug. The drug is usually imported in powdered form, then mixed in Canada and pressed into tablet form. “This is a first for Quebec,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Aurélie Guindon. In total, police seized more than 400 kilograms of raw substances used to make synthetic drugs. Last week’s raids, conducted by the SQ and Boucherville police, also targeted illegal labs producing synthetic drugs in Longueuil, Boucherville and St-Roch-de-Richelieu.
Provincial police say an organized crime network suspected of producing synthetic drugs including fentanyl was the target of raids launched in the Montérégie and Eastern Townships regions. One of the targets was a lab in the Eastern Townships municipality of Potton where it was suspected that the drugs were being turned into pills.

This would mark the first bust of it's type in Quebec.
The SQ said the lab would be dismantled today. They did not say if anyone was arrested during the raids.

Police said the raids resulted in the seizure of numerous items linked to the production and distribution of drugs, including 400 kilograms of chemical precursor, 43 imprinting tools used for marking capsules, a vial of liquid GHB, a stun gun, an imitation firearm and a machine for counting money.