Since his arrest in September, an Oshawa man has been facing more than 330 firearm related charges, and now police have added trafficking to that list after lab tests confirmed a substance seized from his residence to be carfentanil.
The raid on the Pickering residence occurred on Sept. 20, where 53 kgs of unknown substances were seized along with a number of firearms. Now, 42 kgs of the substance have been identified as the synthetic opioid, carfentanil, a substance 100 times more potent than fentanyl and used to tranquilize large animals.
Police say that a very small amount of the substance can be lethal to humans. The total seizure amounted to approximately 420,000 doses with a street value estimated at $13 million.
Along with the weapons charges, the 33-year-old male of New Providence Street in Oshawa has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking of a Schedule I substance (carfentanil). He was held for a bail hearing.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Drug Enforcement Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5802.