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Coquitlam RCMP warn about fentanyl in local street drug trade

File photo of fentanyl. Global News

Coquitlam RCMP have issued a warning about the appearance of fentanyl in the local street drug trade.

Cpl. Jamie Chung said in a release that the “presence of fentanyl on the local scene is cause for particular concern.”

“When it comes to street drugs there is no way to know what you are getting. There is also no such thing as a safe place or a ‘trusted’ person from whom to purchase illegal drugs. But thanks to lab test results our drugs and organized crime team now knows for certain there is fentanyl being sold in our area.”

Abbotsford Police issued a warning about fentanyl in the community after a woman died on June 30. Two people in North Vancouver also died after inhaling tainted street drugs.

Coquitlam RCMP say recent tests on drugs seized in the community have shown varying levels of fentanyl, which is being sold as oxycodone, ecstasy, heroin or other street drugs.

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“The presence of fentanyl does not insinuate any communities are unsafe,” said Chung in a release. “The communities we serve are very safe. But the reality is that the drug trade has no boundaries and our jurisdiction is part of Metro Vancouver and that means we deal with the same issues as our neighbours.”

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