When you buy drugs on the street, do you really know what you’re getting?

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A routine traffic stop last fall by the County of Brant OPP uncovered a potentially deadly threat.

An officer pulled over a vehicle on Highway 403 in in September 2019.

During the course of the investigation, the officer found a large quantity of what was believed to be Percocet pills, an opioid that combines oxycodone and acetaminophen.

The police sent the pills to Health Canada for testing. The pills were recently analyzed and found to be fentanyl, an opioid 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin. Just 0.25 mg can kill an adult. The investigators believe the pills were destined for illicit distribution.

The OPP is reminding the public that anytime you buy drugs on the street, you can never be certain of what they contain.

“To put the potency of fentanyl into context, if you cut a baby aspirin into 324 pieces, one of those pieces would equal a lethal dose. Public safety of our community is our priority. If you choose to purchase illicit street drugs you need to be aware of this safety issue,” said Inspector Lisa Anderson, OPP detachment commander Brant County.

Anyone with information regarding any other incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.crimestoppers-brant.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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