VICTORIA – The Canada Border Services Agency has seized a package containing enough fentanyl that Victoria police say could cause a potential 725,000 overdoses.
Acting Chief Del Manak told a news conference the package intercepted at Vancouver’s airport was destined for a Victoria address and contained 1.45 kilograms of the deadly opioid.
Public Safety Minister Mike Morris says the package originated in China and he’s hopeful a recent agreement between the RCMP and the Chinese government will put a dent in the opioid supply coming to Canada.
Police say the fentanyl was mixed with heroin and that nine people recently died within 11 days on Vancouver Island from the opioid that has killed hundreds of people across the country.
Multiple charges are being recommended against a 27-year-old Montreal man, and police say he is out on bail on previous drug charges.
Police say the fentanyl shipment led officers to another bust in nearby Saanich, where drugs were seized at a family-oriented building.