‘Extremely alarming’: Police warn of fentanyl concealed in fake prescription pills
Police say two sets of counterfeit green pills were seized. (Courtesy Windsor police)
Windsor police say findings from a drug investigation are extremely alarming.
Police say offenders are concealing fentanyl powder within counterfeit pills disguised to appear as professionally manufactured pharmaceutical drugs.
Members of the Drugs and Guns (DIGS) Unit were active in a suspected drug trafficking investigation on Thursday. Officers applied for and were granted judicial authorization to search a residence located in the 8300 block of Gregory Place.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. members of the Emergency Services Unit arrested a man in the 700 block of Wyandotte Street East without incident.
The man had been in the process of entering a black Dodge Charger with two adult male occupants when he was arrested.
The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested without incident as well. Officers seized 68 suspected fentanyl pills manufactured to look like pharmaceutical drugs.
Officers then executed the search warrant at the residence located in the 8300 block of Gregory Place.
At the residence officers seized items including $350 in Canadian currency, four cellular phones, 2496 grams of suspected cannabis marijuana, suspected cannabis resin, two digital scales, $200 in United States of America currency, and a sawed-off shotgun with ammunition.
Ahmad Abusafeyeh, 28, from Windsor, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking X2, possession of a controlled substance X4, breach of recognizance X10, two firearm related offences.
In relation to the two men arrested in the vehicle:
Kalakech Ammar, 42, from Lakeshore and Tarek Sabbah, 26, from Windsor, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance (suspected fentanyl) for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
In this case, police say the pills were disguised to look like prescription oxycodone pills, which have a higher street value than fentanyl.
Specifically, two sets of counterfeit green pills were seized. One set was stamped "APO" on one side and "OCD 80" on the other. One set was stamped "OXY CR" on one side and "W80" on the other
Police say the opioid crisis is a real concern in the city, province, and country.
Police warn illicit drug dealers do not care what substance a user puts in their body - they only want a user to buy their product.
When illicit street drugs are purchased, a user has no way to know the true contents of the product. Fentanyl: You won't see it, smell it, taste it, but it can kill you.
Addiction to illicit street drugs is a true concern, but help is always available.
Please review this link to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit for available information and assistance if you or someone you know is in need of addiction support and treatment:
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police Service at 519-255-6700 ext. 4361, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.catchcrooks.com.