On Tuesday, Oct 20, the Crime Reduction Unit seized pills purported to be Oxycontin when in fact they were Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a dangerous drug, which has been linked to numerous deaths.
The team had obtained information about a male trafficking in prescription drugs and marijuana. An investigation was initiated and a search warrant obtained. The warrant was executed on Tuesday Oct 20 in Cranbrook by the Cranbrook/Kimberley Crime Reduction team with the assistance of Police Dog Service.
Seized was 15 Percocet pills, 15 pills resembling Oxycontin but were in fact Fentanyl, 30 MDMA, half a pound of marihuana, 25,000 cash and evidence to support drug trafficking.
A male was arrested and will appear in Cranbrook court Dec 7 on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking.
The other concern expressed by the officers was the residence was located within 500 metres of an elementary school.
“Drugs sold on the street are not regulated, buying and ingesting them is dangerous. Numerous deaths have been attributed to Fentanyl. The fact those involved in the drug trade are disguising the drugs and selling them as something else is scary,” Cpl Chris Newel, Kimberley RCMP. “We have also found heroin in some of the drugs sold on the street, creating another very dangerous combination”.
In addition to the health hazards associated to these drugs, there is often increased violence between those selling and an increase in property crime to fund the habit. Our Crime Reduction Unit works hard to act quickly on those involved to minimize the risk to our community.
Police encourage anyone who has information on drug traffickers to report it to the RCMP or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously.