The Thunder Bay Police Service advises that powdered fentanyl seized on March 9 was contaminated with carfentanil. Carfentanil is a toxic opioid that is sometimes mixed into street drugs.
Some signs of carfentanil and opioid toxicity include: impaired breathing, loss of consciousness, inability to talk, blue fingernails or lips, or loud snoring or gurgling.
Dr. Emily Groot
Associate Medical Officer of Health
Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Above from Thunder Bay District Health Unit
TBPS Media Release Regarding The Drug Bust
The TBPS Intelligence Unit executed a warrant on March 8, 2018 at north side residence and arrested two individuals who reside in the home for drug related charges.
The residence located in the 100 block of North Windemere Avenue was entered by officers at 4:30 p.m.
The occupants were arrested without incident and a search of the residence was conducted. Since a risk of exposure existed, biohazard gear was worn during the search given the belief that powdered Fentanyl was present. Fentanyl can be a highly dangerous drug when handled, especially in illicit circumstances.
Officers seized powdered Fentanyl, a Fentanyl patch, Cocaine and Oxycodone pills along with $13,350 in Canadian currency. The street value of the drugs seized is estimated at $16,000.
Jennifer Eileen Baxter, 46 years old and Ronald Gagne, 51 years old have each been charged with four drug possession charges and one drug trafficking charge.
They appeared in court this morning and have been remanded into custody.