The Canada Border Services Agency have intercepted a shipment of 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl bound for an address in Victoria from China.
VicPD were alerted by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that a large shipment of fentanyl was destined to an address in Victoria from China. CBSA officers intercepted the package, which has an estimated value of $400,000.
Considering a lethal dose of fentanyl could be as little as 2 milligrams, there was enough fentanyl in this shipment to cause 725,000 possible overdoses.
Following the seizure, an investigation by the VicPD strike Force Unit led them to home in Victoria, then to a large, family orientated apartment building in a Saanich neighbourhood where officers seized a large quantity of other drugs being prepared for distribution.
The seizure included 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixture. Also seized was 6.2 kilograms of cocaine in powder and crack form, 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Drug experts estimate the street value of these drugs to be $850,000. $8,425 in cash was also seized.
Duc Khoung Pham, a 27-year-old Montreal man, is facing multiple drug trafficking charges.
Pham remains in custody, and police said he doesn’t seem to have any ties to the area.
Acting Chief Del Manak said the bust included 6,052 individual doses of a heroin-fentanyl mixture.
The bust also included a number of other drugs that police say are worth a combined total of $1.2 million.
Mike Morris, Minister for Public Safety, said the bust is an example of successful inter-jurisdictional policing, as the Canadian Border Services Agency was also involved in the seizure.