Police seize over $1.5 million worth of fentanyl in Vancouver drug bust

Jul 30 2020, 2:36 pm

Charges related to the production and distribution of drugs were approved against a man and a woman this week, after what Vancouver Police called a “lengthy investigation” that resulted in the dismantling of a drug lab in the city.

“This investigation is complete, and it has resulted in multiple charges and the seizure of a substantial amount of illicit drugs,” said VPD Sgt. Aaron Roed, in a release. “This will have a major impact on crime groups and the flow of poisoned drugs into the city.”

On Thursday, police said the charges come after officers executed a search warrant in February at a building near Seymour and Davie streets and discovered that it was being used as a mixing location to combine fentanyl and carfentanil with other drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin,  before being distributed at the street level.

During the search, officers seized over 10 kilograms of fentanyl, with an approximate street value of over $1.5 million. The seized fentanyl “had been dyed purple, green, and blue to differentiate the different mixtures,” police said.

Now, Vancouver residents, 33-year-old, Cody Timothy Casey and 30-year-old Janell Sandhu, have been charged with the production of a controlled substance and four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Police said Casey has been arrested and is in custody, and that Sandhu was arrested and released pending a future court date.

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