At least seven overdoses in a single night, Montreal police believe drugs laced with fentanyl

Montreal police believe heroin laced with the even deadlier and more addicting opioid fentanyl is behind a series of at least seven overdoses in a single night last week.

All the overdoses occurred overnight between Thursday and Friday, and were in or around the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, according to police spokesman, Const. Manuel Couture.

On Friday, raids were conducted on multiple homes, yielding five arrests.

During the raids, police seized 260 grams of what investigators now believe is a powdered mixture of fentanyl and heroin, Couture told CJAD 800 News. Tests are being conducted to confirm.

Officers also seized unknown quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, hashish, cocaine, ketamine and $2,000 in cash, Couture said.

The arrested suspects—four men and one woman, all between 21 and 37 years old—were arraigned in court on Saturday. 

They all face charges including drug trafficking.

Fentanyl is responsible for an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds in B.C., a province which is on track to see—for the first time ever—over 1,500 overdose deaths in 2017, according to a B.C. Coroners Service report in June. 

For the entire decade of 2000 to 2010, the province averaged 204 deaths by drug overdose.

As has been feared by experts, there are also signs the crisis is also moving east. In late July, four people died and several others were treated for overdoses involving fentanyl within three days in Toronto.