Five people charged in carfentanil trafficking investigation
Five people have been charged following an investigation by the Strategic Enforcement Unit (SEU) into the trafficking of carfentanil.
The investigation began in October 2017, as an investigation into the trafficking of what was initially believed to be a substance known as purple heroin. Officers obtained the substance and sent it for testing. Health Canada analysis results indicated the substance was not heroin, but was in fact carfentanil mixed with fentanyl. A seven-month investigation ensued.
“We believe the drug traffickers in this case were knowingly selling carfentanil and fentanyl as heroin. They were attempting to get a better price by selling it as a higher-quality product. We have no way to know how many people may have suffered an overdose as a result,” says SEU Staff Sgt. Kyle Grant.
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, four people were arrested during a vehicle stop by the Tactical Unit. The vehicle was searched and the following items were seized:
- 16.4 grams of carfentanil
- Two large knives
- Seven cell phones
All four occupants of the car were charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of proceeds of crime:
- Zuhavr ALI, 21
- Amrit MANHAS, 21
- Bubrak KHAN, 21
- Dylan FERRIS, 18
A search warrant was also executed on a residence in the 300 block of Taralake Way N.E. As a result of the search, the following items were found:
- 218.4 grams of carfentanil
- 15 grams of powder fentanyl
- 75.7 grams of crack cocaine
In total, the drugs are believed to be valued at more than $50,000.
A man was arrested at the residence. Gurpreet MULTANI, 23, has been charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and three counts of proceeds of crime.