Latest drug bust shows Oxy supply shrinking
Drug dealers are switching over to cocaine, detective inspector says
Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:43 AM ET
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2012 9:29 AM ET
Police say an investigation into an alleged drug ring operating out of Thunder Bay's district jail shows the supply of OxyContin is drying up.
Over the course of the six month investigation, police saw a big change, according to Rich Patterson, a detective inspector with the OPP’s organized crime enforcement bureau.
“As time went on we saw them having a harder and harder time,” he said. “In fact, one of the last seizures ended up being cocaine as opposed to Oxy. We think they were trying to make a transition because they were having such a hard time.”Purdue Pharma stopped manufacturing OxyContin in Canada this spring and replaced it with a new formulation called OxyNeo, designed to discourage abuse. The move to the new drug comes in response to the widespread illegal trade in OxyContin, which produces a heroin-like euphoria when it is chewed or crushed and then injected or inhaled
Patterson said police are now worried generic versions of OxyContin will show up on the streets when the patent runs out later this year.
Police won’t say exactly how they cracked the alleged drug ring, but Patterson noted it takes a whole community to catch a criminal.
“Investigations are helped along by the community, other agencies, the ministry of health [and] health officials,” Patterson said.
“So through a culmination of those efforts, this investigation sort of started along that path.”
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