Police issue warning about carfentanil after drug bust uncovers pills in Saskatoon

Saskatoon police said preliminary tests on the seized pills has identified the presence of carfentanil. Saskatoon Police Service / Supplied

The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) is warning the public about the dangers of taking illicit drugs after a bust uncovered pills believed to contain carfentanil in the Evergreen neighbourhood.

Officials said exposure to a very small amount of this drug could be fatal through ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin.

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Since August, members of the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team (SIDEST) had been conducting an investigation into drug trafficking.

Officers arrested three people in a vehicle in the area of Ruth Street and Lorne Avenue on Oct. 11. SIDEST found marijuana, cocaine, cell phones, a can of bear spray, and over $10,000 cash.

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As a result of the arrests, a home was searched in the 100-block of Maningas Bend.

Officers found 2,390 fake Oxycontin pills that were a light green in colour. SPS said preliminary testing on the pills identified the presence of carfentanil.

Carfentanil is a derivative of fentanyl, but can be 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

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During the search, SIDEST also seized 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine packaged for distribution, 0.4 pounds of cocaine packaged for distribution, six fentanyl pills, a scale, vacuum sealer, mixing materials and over $20,000 cash.

The two men, aged 27 and 28, and 24-year-old woman are facing drug-related charges.

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