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Thursday December 15th, 2016

Posted at 2:29pm

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In September 2016, the Windsor Police Service Drugs and Guns Unit and Criminal Intelligence Unit began a drug trafficking investigation focused on the trafficking of Crystal Methamphetamine and Fentanyl within the city.

During the course of the 12 week investigation an undercover officer was able to purchase crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl, and smaller amounts of heroin, oxycodone, and hydromorphone.

The investigation targeted street level dealers then moved up to mid level dealers who supplied large amounts of narcotics to the streets of Windsor.

Through this 12 week investigation, the undercover officer was able to purchase more than 850 grams of crystal methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $170,000.

Police say that one of the trends observed was the presence of ‘blue’ crystal methamphetamine within the city of Windsor. Officers were able to confirm that crystal methamphetamine has taken over as the most commonly abused hard drug within the city of Windsor.

Fentanyl is also available in smaller amounts and still consists of the prescribed patch style. Fentanyl is expensive to purchase when compared to other hard drugs. The Fentanyl patch for patch program operating in Windsor seems to have had an impact on minimizing the availability of fentanyl patches in the city.

Police say that the other alarming finding for them came towards the end of the investigation, when officers discovered a quantity of the powder form of Fentanyl. This dangerous synthetic form of the drug initial surfaced in Western Canada has found it’s way into Ontario and now Windsor.

Fentanyl is an extremely potent and highly addictive drug, and is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine. While important as a prescribed medication for pain management, the illegal use of the drug is very dangerous because its effects are unpredictable. In the drug trade, Fentanyl has been mixed with other drugs, like heroin, cocaine and sometimes oxycodone.

During the investigation, four search warrants were executed at various locations across Windsor and police seized 850 grams of Methamphetamine, 8 Fentanyl patches, 6 grams of Fentanyl powder, 105 Oxycodone pills, 3.6 grams of Cocaine, 0.3 grams of Crack Cocaine, 129 MDMA pills, 0.1 grams of Heroin, 7 Hydromorphone pills and 11.7 grams of Marihuana,

Total estimated value of drugs is $180,492.

As a result of the investigation, 15 people have been charged with 108 offences.

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