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2,000 fentanyl pills seized in Grande Prairie drug bust

A Grande Prairie man is facing trafficking charges after a stash of illegal narcotics, including hundreds of fentanyl pills, was seized from a rural property in the city’s south end.
Fentanyl, pictured here in this handout photo from Alberta RCMP, is expected to become more popular on the east coast. (Alberta RCMP )

A Grande Prairie man faces trafficking charges after a stash of illegal narcotics, including hundreds of fentanyl pills, was seized from a rural property in the city's south end.

Following an investigation that began last month, RCMP executed a search warrant on Nov. 23 at a residence in the Countryside South neighbourhood.

During their search of the property, officers seized $9,000 cash, a stolen handgun loaded with ammunition, 56 grams of crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and more than 2,000 fentanyl pills.

Three people were arrested.

A 47-year-old man was charged with four offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and five Criminal Code offences in relation to the stolen firearm.

The bust is the latest in a string of fentanyl-related arrests in Grande Prairie.

In July, RCMP there charged six suspects with trafficking fentanyl, a deadly opioid considered 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Officers recovered pills, cash and illegal narcotics while searching a property in south Grande Prairie. (Alberta RCMP )