Twenty-three people charged following Fentanyl investigation in Georgina

Twenty-three people have been charged following an investigation into the sale of Fentanyl in Georgina.

According to the York Regional Police, the probe was launched following more than a dozen overdoses in the community, including two deaths.

A media release notes officers responded to an increase in calls related to drug overdoses in Georgina between July and mid September.

Dubbed Project Homecoming, the initiative focused investigative efforts on disrupting the trafficking of fentanyl and opioids in the community.

“Officers were also concerned about a very potent blue-coloured fentanyl that was involved in many of these incidents,” the media release reads.

Police executed search warrants at five locations, seizing more than 77 grams of Fentanyl, more than 215 Fentanyl patches, a large quantity of hydromorphone pills, 21 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine and more than six kilograms of cannabis.

“Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine. If mistaken for another less-potent opioid like morphine, heroin or oxycodone, overdoses can easily occur,” a media release reads.

“Depending on how it’s administered, the user may not notice the difference until it’s too late.”

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