FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We now have confirmation a Calgary man was arrested this summer, by Border Services officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre in relation to the importation of a narcotic said to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl.
The officers found one kilogram of carfentanil in a parcel going from China to Calgary, an amount which could have produced more than 50-million doses.
The parcel had been declared as printer accessories, and it was the second time the Canada Border Services Agency had seized carfentanil.
The Agency has confirmed that most of the fentanyl related seizures are from China, and adds, it made 84 such seizures over the past five years and three months, which works out to about one every month.
Dr. William Dick is with B.C. Emergency Health Services.
Doctor Dick says it’s not believed carfentanil has yet made its way to the streets, and the province has yet to record an overdose death connected to it.
However, he also says it’s definitely on authorities’ province-wide radar screens.
Carfentanil is said to be the most potent opioid used commercially and it was first synthesized in 1974.
Addictions Doctor Maire Durnin says more treatment and awareness is needed because she believes the drug could also be mixed with other illicit narcotics.
As a result of the June 27th arrest, the RCMP has now charged 24-year-old Joshua Wrenn, of Calgary, with one count in relation to the incident and he is scheduled to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on October 19th.