Police seize $75K in counterfeit prescription drugs in Cambridge
Police seized cocaine, marijuana and $75K in what is suspected to be fentanyl
Waterloo Regional Police have arrested two Cambridge men on drug charges, after officers seized quantities of marijuana, cocaine and an estimated $75,000 in what is suspected to be fentanyl.
The drugs were seized by police during a Friday raid on an address on Nutcracker Street, a tree-lined suburban road made up of large family homes with double-car garages, not far from Clemens Mill Public School in the city's southeast-end.
At the home, officers seized marijuana, cocaine, a 2016 Chevy truck and dozens of grey and yellow counterfeit prescription tablets that police believe is the highly-potent painkiller fentanyl.
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The use of fentanyl, which is 80 times stronger than morphine, has been attributed to dozens of accidental overdose deaths in Ontario as the province's lawmakers grapple with how to stem the rising tide of fatalities.
The Chief Coroner of Ontario reports that fentanyl was involved in 165 deaths in 2015, a slight rise from 154 deaths in 2014, but a marked increase from the 86 deaths recorded in 2010.
Two Cambridge men, a 30-year-old and a 31-year-old were arrested in connection with Friday's raid and face a number of drug charges.