Drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl discovered in St.Catharines bust

A 34 year old St.Catharines man was arrested after a drug believed to be Carfentanil was discovered.

It happened at 1:30 this afternoon when members of the St.Catharines Street Crime Unit were actively searching for a wanted party.

Police located and arrested the suspect at a local hotel in the City of St.Catharines.

At the time of his arrest, officers located a bag of powder believed to be Carfentanil.

A sample of the suspected Carfentanil was sent to Health Canada to confirm its potency.

Carfentanil  is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and is commonly used to tranquilize elephants.

Arrested and charged was 34 year old Jeffrey Thompson of St.Catharines.

Thompson has been charged with the following offence;
Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
Possession of a controlled substance
Fail to Comply with his recognizance
 
As a result of this investigation Police seized $3300 worth of suspected Carfentanil.
 
Thompson was held in custody pending a bail hearing on January 17th 2017.