A recent drug seizure in Prince George has prompted police to warn the public of the increased presence of two less common drugs seized in the community.
On Friday April 6, the Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit executed a search warrant on a motel room located on Central Street. A significant amount of what was believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana were seized, as well as an unknown substance and a variety of prescription drugs. A vehicle and other items believed to be involved in the trafficking of these drugs, were also seized.
Preliminary tests have been conducted on the heroin and the unknown substance and are now believed to be carfentanil and GHB. Both these substances have their own set of warnings to the public.
Carfentanil is an analogue to fentanyl and is extremely lethal. It is a synthetic opioid that can be easily mixed with other drugs.
The Prince George RCMP would like to advise that the use of any illicit street drug can be fatal. The RCMP and our partners will continue to monitor, detect and test for carfentanil entering our local drug trade.
GHB or gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a solvent primarily used as a floor cleaner. The solvent is made in a lab using chemicals such as lye and sodium hydroxide. Things you should never want to put in your body. When ingested, GHB can cause an intoxication like alcohol and severe memory loss, making it a “date rape” drug.
It is unclear how much of this chemical could be in our community. The Prince George RCMP are warning the public to:
- Never accept a drink from someone you do not trust;
- Never leave your drink unattended;
- Always use the buddy system when socializing;
- Never leave a friend behind;
- Immediately seek medical help if you believe you or a friend may have been drugged.
A 49-year-old Prince George man and a 42-year-old Vancouver man were arrested at the motel and later released pending charge approval from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
If you have any information about sale and distribution of illicit drugs in our community, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, seizure of illicit drugs or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.