Officers of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, in collaboration with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), have seized a little over 8 grams of W-18, an extremely dangerous synthetic drug. This substance is so powerful that the amount seized could have been used to produce thousands or even hundreds of thousands of pills.
Parcels from China
Between June 1 and 10, three parcels sent from China were intercepted. They were to be delivered to the residence of Ryan Challenger, 39, in Laval. Mr. Challenger was arrested on June 14, with the assistance of the Service de police de Laval. He is facing a number of charges, including:
- importation of a drug without a licence under the Food and Drugs Act;
- breach of recognizance; and possibly
- criminal negligence.
An Extremely Toxic Drug
Well-known in Western Canada, W-18 is now becoming available on the street in Quebec. It is usually mixed with synthetic drugs and sold as morphine or oxycodone pills. This drug is extremely powerful, toxic and dangerous. The pills containing W-18 are home-made in clandestine laboratories. As with any other synthetic drugs, users have no idea what they are taking.