Fentanyl brought to B.C. by organized crime, experts say

Drug believed to be moved along the same north-Pacific trade route as ecstasy
Tamsyn Burgmann The Canadian Press

Posted:Aug 06, 2015 5:15 PM PT
Last Updated:Aug 06, 2015 5:15 PM PT

The powerful opioid fentanyl, recently linked to an outbreak of overdose deaths in Western Canada, appears to be flowing along a well-worn drug trafficking route — killing some of its users in the same way tainted ecstasy did before.

Authorities theorize the potent painkiller is being imported from Asia to the West Coast, then moved to the black market in B.C. and Alberta by organized crime groups.


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