Fentanyl found in seized Thompson pills

Pills found in two separate drug busts in Thompson have tested positive for fentanyl.

On Feb. 22, a traffic stop conducted by Thompson RCMP led to the discovery of a number of pills. Initially suspected by police to be oxycodone, testing by RCMP has shown the pills contained fentanyl, a dangerously powerful opioid often found in illicit drugs. A lethal dose of fentanyl can be as little as two milligrams.

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“The public needs to be aware that there may be additional pills in the community and surrounding area disguised as oxycodone that may contain fentanyl,” said RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre with Manitoba RCMP.

“These pills could cause serious harm or even death and should not be consumed.”

Following the Feb. 22 bust, RCMP obtained a search warrant for a home in Thompson. Police found more than 1,400 pills, identified by RCMP as illegal oxycodone, and drug paraphernalia.

RCMP announced April 8 that another traffic stop, conducted by Thompson RCMP on Feb. 1, also found pills that contained fentanyl.

One suspect was briefly on the run earlier this week. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, was arrested by RCMP and faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with conditions in relation to the Feb. 22 bust. He was then released on recognizance for court, but his conditions of recognizance have been revoked. He is also wanted by police in relation to an alleged robbery in Thompson on March 20. The suspect turned himself in to RCMP on April 9.

Anyone with information on Delaronde’s whereabouts is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 or contact Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.manitobacrimestoppers.ca.

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