It is the primary time the artificial opioid metonitazene has been seized in Quebec, Montreal police say.
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An investigation by the Montreal police organized crime squad produced the primary seizure made in Quebec of an artificial opioid that started exhibiting up in different elements of Canada final yr.
The opioid metonitazene was amongst a number of medicine seized this month within the Île-Bizard—Sainte-Geneviève borough when search warrants had been carried out. In line with an announcement issued by the Montreal police, it was the primary time that the artificial opioid has been seized in Quebec.
Police seized a kilogram of metonitazene, cocaine, Ativan, 165,000 Xanax tablets, crystal methamphetamine and different medicine when the search warrants had been carried out. In all, the medicine are estimated to be value $2.5 million.
Police additionally seized a pistol and $105,000 in money.
“The Montreal police want to benefit from this seizure to remind folks that medicine reminiscent of metonitazene and Xanax have a really excessive potential for dependence. They’ll trigger unintended overdoses and their use is strongly discouraged. Of specific concern is the consumption of Xanax, given its reputation amongst younger individuals,” the police said within the assertion.
In Might, the Waterloo Regional Police introduced they’d seized medicine that “contained metonitazene, which might pose well being dangers.”
Three West Island residents — Michael Eustache, 56, of Sainte-Geneviève, Charles Laberge, 25, of Île Bizard, and Adrian Arabsky, 23, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux — had been charged on June 5 in reference to the investigation.
They every face not less than eight expenses associated to drug trafficking on the Montreal courthouse.