Gatineau police bust alleged fentanyl traffickers
Police raided a home Thursday night near Bay Park
Gatineau police arrested and charged two alleged fentanyl traffickers during a bust on Thursday night near Bay Park.
Much of Rue Saint-Antoine was closed as the police operation took place at a three-unit home, which was evacuated. A Taser-type conducted energy weapon, 20 grams of powdered fentanyl, cell phones and cash were seized by police.
"The quantity seized, we could say 'only' 20 grams, but [we can] count in milligrams a dose that could be fatal," said Gatineau police spokesman Sgt. J-P LeMay.
"So considering that, 20 grams is a big quantity."
Quebec provincial police assisted Gatineau police during the operation and initially told Radio-Canada that a fentanyl lab was being dismantled.
Gatineau police later clarified that lab dismantling specialists were on hand in case they encountered any toxic materials, including "volatile" fentanyl powder.
A 31-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman are facing drug trafficking, drug possession and weapon possession charges.
Fentanyl is a potent opioid causing problems across much of the country.
LeMay said Gatineau police have seized fentanyl before, but it was "odd" to find powdered fentanyl meant for the Ottawa-Gatineau area.