Desmethyl Fentanyl is in the headlines today as an active street drug in Canada, for the first time. A synthetic drug said to be “100 times stronger than morphine” or “40 times stronger than heroin”, it was one of many drugs seized by Montreal Police last month in a drug bust. CBC reported from the police press conference that the bust intercepted a manufacturing and distribution operation, which included manufactured street drugs as well as chemicals used to manufacture.
In addition to the powerful desmethyl fentanyl, CBC reports they seized crystal meth, drugs referred to as bath salts, methamphetamines, ecstasy (containing MDMA or Molly), speed (barbiturates), steroids, oxycodone (used in prescription pain killers like Oxycontin and OxyNeo). Police collected 1,500 kilograms of raw materials, said to be enough to produce three million pills.
It is too early to know if these drugs were part of illegal Canadian online pharmacies or limited to street sales. Police collected more than just illegal synthetic street drugs: the raids on multiple locations also collected Viagra and Cialis pills. The imprints on some of the pills were very creative, including logos of popular companies like Facebook and Tim Hortons.
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Police executed a similar raid on 9 locations back in February, leading to many arrests. This round of busts may be related to an ongoing investigation.