Montreal police say they have arrested five people in connection with two recent drug overdoses.
On Aug. 25, the bodies of two men were found in a car parked at a downtown Montreal gas station. At the time, police said they believed the men died of a drug overdose.
On Wednesday, police carried out eight raids in Laval and the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles and Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs, and arrested five people.
In the raids, police seized:
- 258 grams of heroin.
- 89 grams of yet-to-be identified opioids.
- 129 grams of marijuana.
- 11 grams of amphetamines.
- $18,815 (CDN).
- $220 (USD).
The five people have been detained and are expected to appear in court this afternoon.
This is the third raid in about a month related to a recent spike in drug overdoses that Montreal police have publicized.
In a news release, police say they are treating narcotics files "on a priority basis."
Dr. Carole Morissette, the doctor in charge of the fentanyl crisis response with Montreal Public Health, recently called fentanyl's growing presence in the city a "public health emergency."