The Calgary Police Service has charged five people with counts relating to trafficking carfentanil.
According to a release from the CPS, an investigation into the trafficking of the drug was started in October 2017 after officers determined that the drug known as “purple heroin” was not heroin but was instead carfentanil mixed with fentanyl.
A traffic stop led to the arrest of four people on May 24, and police discovered 16.4 grams of carfentanil in the vehicle. 21-year-olds Zuhavr Ali, Amrit Manhas, and Bubrak Khan, along with 18-year-old Dylan Ferris, were each arrested and charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance and one count proceeds of crime.
“We believe the drug traffickers in this case were knowingly selling carfentanil and fentanyl as heroin,” said the Calgary Police Service’s Strategic Enforcement Unit Staff Seargent Kyle Grant in the release.
“They were attempting to get a better price by selling it as a higher-quality product. We have no way to know how many people may have suffered an overdose as a result.”
Police also executed a search warrant on a house on Taralake Way NE as part of the same investigation, which led to the seizure of nearly $10,000, 218 grams of carfentanil, 15 grams of powder fentanyl, and 75.7 grams of crack cocaine.
23-year-old Gurpreet Multani was arrested at the residence and charged with three counts of proceeds of crime and two counts trafficking of a controlled substance.