Friday, June 30, 2017

6.5kg Carfentanil-laced heroin smuggled in children's backpack

CBSA in Montreal intercepted a package from India bound for Halifax of what they believed was heroin. Police say the drugs were hidden inside children's backpacks, lunch bags and spools of fabric. The package was then allowed to continue to its destination in Halifax. Further investigation revealed a second package was on the way. It arrived on June 26. An estimated 6.5 kilograms of heroin was seized in total. Police believe the drugs were ultimately destined for distribution in Toronto.
RCMP used ion scanners, similar to the ones used to screen for dangerous substances in airports, to test for other drugs. They found trace amounts of the elephant tranquillizer carfentanil and the opioid methylfentanyl on the packages. Two have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin, carfentanil and methylfentanyl. They've also been charged with importation of a controlled substance and false representation of a Canadian aviation document.

This is the second seizure of a street drug containing carfentanil in Nova Scotia this month.