Hallowe’en-themed fentanyl found

The Canadian Press

Winnipeg police have issued a special Hallowe’en safety advisory after making a spooky drug seizure.
Police say while officers were executing a search warrant at a home as part of a drug investigation late last week, they found six blotters believed to contain fentanyl or possibly carfentanil.
The blotters, which are small-sized pieces of paper with doses of the drug dried into them, each have an image of a witch riding a broom.
Cst. Rob Carver said police have issued the warning because it’s possible there are more blotters out there, and the Hallowe’en images could entice a child to look at them or even taste them.
Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid similar to fentanyl but 100 times more potent–an amount weighing less than a grain of salt can kill someone.
Carver said the blotters are dangerous to touch and anyone who finds one should immediately call 9-1-1.
“We’ve seized six and we don’t usually find just six, so that’s certainly our concern that there would be more,” Carver said yesterday.
Police in Winnipeg have found blotters with opioids before.
In September, 2016, police said they seized upwards of 1,500 blotter tabs containing carfentanil, which is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, when a tactical team carried out a search warrant at a hotel.
This past June, Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth said carfentanil was being distributed in blotter tabs with the street name Drop Dead.
Smyth described the blotter tabs as being similar to the way LSD was distributed in the 1970s.
Carver said blotters often have images, such as a cartoon character, and that drug dealers will identify with a particular image.
“This one is unique in that it’s right before Hallowe’en and does have a Hallowe’en theme,” he noted.
“These could be lethal.”
He said police aren’t sure yet if the blotters are fentanyl or carfentanil.