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Carfentanil worth millions seized during raid


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.