RCMP are trying to tackle our country’s Fentanyl crisis by going right to the source.
Mounties say China is one of the biggest producers of the illegal substance and in 2010 signed a referendum of understanding with the country’s law enforcement to deal with the production and shipment of illegal substances.
Sergeant Luc Chicoine told the Alberta Morning News now that document includes Fentanyl.
“What the recent document, in the last week what we’ve done is that we have revisited that same document from 2010 but we have added a spin obviously to address the current emergency situation that we’re facing with the Fentanyl.”
One of the problems is a lot of the substances in the drug isn’t regulated in China, and now the Chinese government is trying to regulate something that isn’t a problem for them.
“So it’s like us, if we decided to regulate any kind of white powder, baking soda for that matter. It’s creating problems maybe somewhere else but not for us.”
The eastern country is one of the biggest sources of the illegal substance, but there is a few ways that the Mounties can help.
“One is to assist in understanding the technicality behind Fentanyl and how to put that on a legislative regime or on a controlled regime.”
The other way is by continuing to investigate and conduct drug busts in Canada and to report the findings to Chinese law enforcement so they can try and figure out where the drug came from.
Chicoine said while China doesn’t have a Fentanyl problem, they know they are one of the biggest producers of legal and illegal goods, and it’s tired of “being seen as the bad guy in the room.”
“We have seen that in about a half a dozen investigations in the last five to ten years in terms of the bath salts three to four years ago, where they went and substances that were not controlled in China and they literally went and shut down a company.”
He said a lot of the illegal substance is bought online.