An extremely powerful drug has made its first appearance on Montreal’s black market, and it’s being produced in sordid conditions by amateur chemists.
In late April, Montreal police raided seven locations in downtown Montreal, seizing more than 300,000 tablets of illegally-produced synthetic prescription drugs, including Viagra and Cialis.
“The fight against synthetic drugs is a priority for all of the province’s police forces,” said Cmdr. Francois Bleau at a morning news conference.
The busts also yielded crystal meth, bath salts, methamphetamines, ecstasy, speed, steroids, oxycodone and 1,500 kilograms in untransformed ingredients — enough to produce three million pills.
But police consider the presence of bromadol and desmethyl fentanyl to be particularly worrisome.
Mario Guérin, an assistant director for the Montreal police, said investigators found three kilograms of desmethyl fentanyl after they sent the seized pills to the lab for analysis.
Fentanyl on its own is a powerful painkiller in the form of a patch that is usually prescribed to cancer patients and people suffering from chronic pain disorders.
The desmethyl fentanyl is a derivative of it that has been chemically modified to be even more potent and is reported to be 40 times stronger than heroin and 80 times stronger than morphine.
Montreal police said this is the first time they’ve come across desmethyl fentanyl on Montreal’s black market.
Locations on Prince-Arthur Street and in Pointe St-Charles were among those searched.
Police said they found very sophisticated equipment used to produce industrial quantities of drugs.
Many of the pills are stamped with logos of unrelated companies like Facebook and Tim Hortons.
Bleau said this was a tactic used to target young users.
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Designer opiates bromadol and desmethyl fentanyl hit Montreal black market