Fentanyl seized in Clearview drug bust
On May 3, members of the Huronia West OPP Community Street Crime Unit, assisted by Nottawasaga and Collingwood Community Street Crime Units, executed a search warrant at a residence in the town of New Lowell. During the execution of the warrant police seized approximately 2.5 ounces of fentanyl powder from the residence.
A New Lowell resident, 45 year old Gordon Paris, is charged with possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with a probation order.
Fentanyl is roughly 100 times more potent than morphine and about 40 times more potent than heroin. A lethal dose of pure fentanyl is as little as two milligrams. That’s equivalent to 32 grains of table salt or seven poppy seeds.
Drug dealers add illegally obtained fentanyl to other drugs they sell – like cocaine and counterfeit oxycodone tablets – as a cutting agent to increase their profits.
That activity is increasing the number of overdoses and deaths. Over the last five years, more than 500 people died in Ontario after knowingly or unknowingly ingesting fentanyl.
To find out more about the dangers of fentanyl and short term antidotes, visit www.facethefentanyl.ca.