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Police seize $3.2M in carfentanil from southwest residence

For Immediate Release:02-Feb-2018 @ 10:03 AM
MRU #:18R012

The Edmonton Police Service has seized a record amount of carfentanil discovered recently in a southwest residence, as a result of a fire call.

“Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more toxic than Fentanil and 5,000 more potent than heroin,” explained EPS Insp. Shane Perka. “Given its toxicity, the ingestion of these substances even in trace amount can be lethal.” 

“The residence has since been condemned by Alberta Health Services until further notice.  This underlines the risk toxic opioids present not only to the residents at this property but to those who could have come into contact with it on our streets”.

While responding to a fire call at a residence near 109 Street and 69 Avenue, Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services discovered a suspicious powder substance in an empty basement suite and requested police attendance.  Southwest Division patrol officers responded at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, to the multi-unit residence and initiated a drug investigation.     

Police later executed a search warrant at the suite, which resulted in the seizure of 12 one-kg bags of white powder, 16 one-kg bags of blue powder, a similar pink powder substance as well as additional packaging and drug paraphernalia.

After analysis, investigators from the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) team confirmed the blue and pink colored substances contained carfentanil which was likely destined for street level distribution.  The estimated street value of the seized product is more than $3.2M.

Anyone with information about this significant drug seizure is urged to contact EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Carfentanil Seizure: $3.2M est. street value


Please contact Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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