VicPD issued a public warning today after finding the deadly drug carfentanil during an arrest in Langford.
This is the first confirmed instance of carfentanil in Victoria.
The highly dangerous opioid was mixed with heroin and found after a vehicle stop by West Shore RCMP at the 1000-block of Goldstream Avenue on August 2nd.
A Hundred Times More Potent Than Fentanyl
“Carfentanil is about 100 times more potent than fentanyl,” S/Sgt. Conor King cautioned in a release. “While we were aware carfentanil may have already been here, this drug seizure confirms it.”
Horst Francisco Schirmer, one of the men taken into custody, was arrested after allegedly violating court-ordered conditions which included possessing weapons or drugs and house arrest.
Schirmer and a second man were taken into custody after West Shore RCMP initiated a vehicle stop at the request of VicPD investigators.
A Satchel of Drugs
Members of VicPD’s Strike Force and Crime Reduction Unit attended and assisted in the arrests. A satchel containing drugs was seized.
Officers searched the suspect’s vehicle and located a satchel containing half a kilogram of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, methamphetamine mixed with fentanyl, marijuana, and heroin mixed with carfentanil, cash, and brass knuckles.
The drugs were analyzed with VicPd’s new ion scanner, commonly used to screen airline passengers for explosives and drugs, which revealed the potentially lethal amount of carfentanil mixed in the heroin on examining the drugs.
Early opioid overdose signs include severe sleepiness, a slow heartbeat, troubling breathing, cold and clammy skin, and troubling walking or talking.
Carfentanil is used to sedate large animals (such as elephants) and has no medical application for humans.
Schirmer remains in custody, while the other man was released on a promise to appear.