Significant carfentanil seizure by the CBSA in the Quebec Region

Montreal, Quebec – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of carfentanil at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport.

On December 22, 2016, CBSA officers at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport intercepted 209 grams of carfentanil in two packages from China. Both packages were from the same exporter and were destined to different residential addresses in the Montérégie region. They were sent for analysis by the CBSA laboratory, which confirmed that the substance was carfentanil.

The CBSA officers turned the carfentanil over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who are continuing the investigation.

“Thanks to this seizure, the CBSA is helping to send a clear message to anyone who might be tempted to use Canada’s borders to conduct illegal activities. Our officers will continue to be vigilant so they can protect the integrity of our borders and ensure the safety of our communities throughout Canada. Events like these demonstrate just how determined the CBSA is to prevent illicit drugs from hitting our streets.” – Pierre Provost, Acting Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region

Quick Facts

  • Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
  • This quantity of carfentanil could have produced more than 10 million lethal doses.
  • One dose of 0.02 mg, smaller than a grain of salt, can be fatal to a human.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


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