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Brampton man arrested for allegedly importing fentanyl from China

A Brampton man has been charged in connection with illegally importing approximately 513 grams of powdered fentanyl from China.

RCMP says it found nearly 513 grams of fentanyl, long knives and cash at man's home

Illicit fentanyl, in powder form, is being mixed with street drugs such as heroin, or being pressed into pills and made to look like legal oxycodone, before being sold on the street, Health Canada says. (CBC)

A Brampton man has been charged with illegally importing approximately 513 grams of the drug fentanyl from China.

The RCMP says it also found a set of body armour, a number of long knives and cash at the man's home when he was arrested on Sept. 2.

"Fentanyl trafficking and abuse is a serious concern that plagues Canadians coast to coast. The RCMP is determined to stop the illegal importation of fentanyl into Canada and to arrest the people who are responsible for it," RCMP Insp. Dean Dickson said in a statement.

Street drugs

Illicit fentanyl, in powder form, is mixed with street drugs such as heroin, or pressed into pills and made to look like legal oxycodone, before being sold on the street, Health Canada says. The highly potent drug is more powerful than other opioid drugs and abuse or misuse can lead to death.

The RCMP says it partnered with the United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on the investigation.

The 31-year-old man faces charges including importing drugs into Canada and conspiracy, and is scheduled to appear in Brampton Provincial Court on Oct. 2.