A woman is facing drugs and weapons charges and a male suspect is being sought after police seized ‘purple heroin’ while executing a search warrant in Lindsay.
According to police, the illicit substance is a mixture of heroin and Fentanyl and has been linked to a “spike” in overdose deaths throughout Kawartha Lakes.
“Fentanyl is an opioid-based painkiller and when used alone – or added to other street drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and heroin – has a higher risk of causing a fatal overdose,” reads a media release from police.
“In Lindsay over this past weekend alone, five overdoses from a combination of heroin mixed with Fentanyl were reported to the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service.”
In response, officers conducted an investigation into the sale of purple heroin from an address on William Street North in Lindsay, executing the search warrant just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday (May 28).
Police say a quantity of purple heroin and cocaine was located, in addition to a prohibited weapon.
Jennifer Steer, 40, was arrested and has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon.
The media release notes that police are also in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for a 35-year-old man who also resided in home. His name has not been released.