Over 70 kilograms of powder and 120,000 fentanyl pills were obtained after a number of raids in what is now the biggest fentanyl seizure in the history of Ontario law enforcement, according to CTV News.
The investigation—called “Project Javelin”—was conducted by the OPP along with multiple Toronto-area police services. It started in April as police began looking into an operation involving the smuggling of 325mg pills in British Columbia and Ontario.
B.C. police seized “a large quantity of fentanyl pills” on May 27. The pills were made to look like a Teva?Oxycocet 5mg/325mg pill from Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Ontario police located houses in Oakville and Burlington just three days later containing a pill press, an industrial mixer and more tools to make the deadly drug.
There were reportedly 123,700 fake tablets seized by police along with three commercial mixers, 70 kilograms of fentanyl powder, two pill presses, a pill coating machine, 300 kg of agent for powder cutting, fake Teva pill bottles and $20,000 cash.
Fentanyl use has resulted in hundreds of deaths in the two provinces in recent years and is known to be around 50 times as potent as heroin.
Police took three suspects into custody—30-year-old Halid Sefic and 34-year-old Edin Sefic from Burlington along with 54-year-old Richard Atanasoff of Toronto.
Their charges include trafficking a controlled substance, production of a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime. The men will be making court appearances in September.