Over four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and almost 60 grams each of both purple fentanyl and powder fentanyl were seized alongside several other drugs, announced the St. Thomas police on Tuesday morning.
Nineteen people were arrested and charged in about 20 busts, in a project that started back in March.
“Today we are proud of our skilled and talented staff who have worked together, with the assistance of partner agencies, to make this the largest drug seizure in the history of St. Thomas and the largest fentanyl seizure in this region,” said St. Thomas Police Chief Chris Herridge at a press conference.
The St. Thomas police invested $30,000 into the project, that seized about $500,000 worth of drugs.
“I think it’s important that they (the traffickers) know that we will track them down and we will find out who’s supplying drugs into this city and we’ll hold them accountable,” Boyes said.
A highly addictive opioid pain medication, fentanyl analogues can be 100 times more powerful than heroin. Carfentanyl, a related drug, can be 5,000 times more potent. They are used orally, smoked, snorted, or injected, and are sometimes sold as heroin or oxycodone- which can lead to overdoses.
They are part of the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the country, that has now killed 1,000’s of Canadians.