The Canadian Border Services Agency is announcing yet another drug discovery at Vancouver’s International Mail centre.
On July 25th, officers there intercepted 39 grams of Fentanyl in a parcel.
The item had come from China, and was destined for a Winnipeg address.
21-year-old Jayden Obireck-Becker, of Winnipeg, is now facing drug possession and drug trafficking-related charges.
Earlier this week, the CBSA also announced details about a carfentanil find at the Vancouver International Mail Centre.
That package, containing one kilogram of the substance, had also come from China.
A Calgary man is facing charges in relation to that discovery, which was made in June.
Public health emergency
July numbers from the BC Coroners show there were 371 overdose deaths in the province in the first half of the year, a spike of 74%.
That makes overdoses the leading cause of unnatural death in BC.
Fentanyl accounted for 60% of those overdose deaths – a jump of 30% from 2015.
The crisis came into sharp relief last month, when 43 people overdosed in Surrey in just a 48 hour period, after consuming crack cocaine laced with fentanyl.
In late July, Premier Christy Clark announced a new joint task force to address the alarming trend.