Vancouver Island RCMP makes significant fentanyl seizure

Nanaimo, B.C. – The investigation is continuing after a significant amount of fentanyl was seized on Vancouver Island last week.

The seizure took place on Monday October 10, 2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m. when members from the Nanaimo RCMP checked a suspicious vehicle just south of Nanaimo near Cassidy Airport. The vehicle was travelling southbound on the Island Highway when members pulled it over without incident.The male driver, a resident of Vancouver Island, was arrested and the subsequent search of the vehicle located a sum of money and one kilogram of a powdered substance that has now been analyzed to be fentanyl. This makes the seizure one of the largest for the RCMP in British Columbia over the past few years.

“Locating and reducing the importation and distribution of fentanyl continues to be a priority for the RCMP, especially given the number of opioid deaths in British Columbia,” says Cpl. Tammy Douglas, spokesperson for Vancouver Island District. “Our investigation is continuing to look for all those connected and responsible in the alleged trafficking of a harmful illicit substance in addition to determining the ultimate destination for the drug.”

Precautions were taken in dealing with the seizure and now storage given the dangers fentanyl poses. This active investigation is being handled by the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Group on Vancouver Island. The individual arrested was released pending charges.

Anyone with any information is encourage to call police or if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Vancouver Island RCMP


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