Mounties are hoping a new deal signed with Chinese police won’t just help keep fentanyl out of Canada, but also the chemicals that make up the drug.
RCMP National Drug Program Coordinator Sgt Luc Chicoine says the agreement will allow Mounties to relay concerns about so-called precursor chemicals to officials in China.
“Here in Canada, we’re looking at the possibility of controlling more of the precursors, then it’s going to be sharing the information with the Chinese, saying hey, you know what, you’ve decided to control fentanyl, but now the precursors is also causing problems, so lets work together to see if you can control those chemicals as well,” he said.
Chicoine says the deal allows Canada to relay legal concerns to China, but can’t force arrests where the countries laws differ.
Many so-called “precursor chemicals” aren’t illegal in China.
But Chicoine says the agreement could help Canada put pressure on China to tighten rules.
“If it’s creating a problem internationally and the government can act on it, then its a step for the government to identify what the problem is. So then you would go through other routes, tighter controls, put them under certain regulations that they would need to report to the government.”
The deal expands on a prior agreement between police forces by involving the federal ministry of public safety.