Hinton, Alberta – Hinton RCMP General Investigations Section with the assistance of Hinton RCMP General Duty members executed two search warrants simultaneously at separate residences in the town of Hinton in January of 2017. The search resulted in the seizure of a quantity of controlled substances being seized for analysis. On March 22, 2017 Hinton RCMP were notified by Health Canada and received confirmation that a white powdery substance seized was Carfentanil.
Carfentanil is listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and is an analogue version of the synthetic opioid analgesic, Fentanyl. It is approximately 100 times stronger than Fentanyl, which is itself approximately 100 times more powerful than morphine. Carfentanil is extremely harmful. It looks like table salt and just a few granules is enough to trigger a fatal overdose. A dose of 20 micro grams of Carfentanil would be fatal to a person.
Illegal drugs containing opioids such as Carfentanil and heroin, as well as any illegal drug, are not tested during the manufacturing process nor are they held to safety standards. The conditions under which these illegal drugs are processed are not controlled and may be contaminated with other substances and drugs. These products can lead to serious injury and in some cases, death.
This information is being sent out for public awareness and safety. This investigation is still before the courts at this time.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Hinton RCMP at 780-865-2455 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).