Add another B.C. city to the list of those where the potentially deadly narcotic Carfentanil has turned up.
Nanaimo RCMP says recent lab tests by Health Canada have confirmed the presence of the drug, which is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, in the island city.
Mounties say the drugs were seized as an unknown white powder while exercising a recent search warrant.
Last month the province said since it had begun testing urine for carfentanil on January 10, lab tests had detected the presence of carfentanil in 57 Metro Vancouver samples, confirming suspicions that the narcotic had made its way into the city’s drug supply.
Back in November, drugs seized at the scene of an apparent overdose death also tested positive for traces of the narcotic.
In December, the B.C. Toxicology Lab got the green light to keep samples of carfentanil and its analogues on site in order to begin devising tests for it, though said that could take several months.
Once they are in place, the province will look at re-testing samples from illicit drug deaths over the past year in a bid to get a better sense of the drug’s toll.