It happened in Nelson last week, and now Abbotsford Police say carfentanil has shown up in the local drug supply.
The APD says its Gangs and Drugs Unit seized the drugs last month, and lab analysis has now found both fentanyl and carfentanil to be present.
“I guess it’s troubling but somewhat expected,” says APD Constable Ian MacDonald.
Public health officials have estimated carfentanil to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl.
“Carfentanil is used as an elephant tranquillizer and obviously to find it in street drugs, illicit drugs here in Abbotsford is super concerning and obviously the reason we have to give a warning,” MacDonald says.
Law enforcement and health officials have been sounding the alarm as the narcotic has turned up in municipality after municipality since the summer.
Back in August, border officials seized a shipment of carfentanil originating in China and destined for Alberta at YVR airport.
Also last month, China – which has taken heat as the suspected source of many narcotic ingredients – moved to ban carfentanil in what the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency called a potential “game-changer.”
In 2016, 914 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses, the highest number ever recorded.
Officials are still working on tests to determine how many of those deaths are linked to carfentanil, or other lesser known fentanyl analogues.
With files form Gord MacDonald