POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 61 FENTANYL’S DEADLY PATH How the powerful drug gets across Canada’s border and into the hands of users China is a key source of illicit fentanyl coming to Canada Labs in China tailor custom variations of fentanyl Distributors sell the drug online, with delivery guaranteed Before it is shipped, the drug is hidden in a decoy package The drug comes into Canada through the mail or by courier Fentanyl is so potent that shipments can be relatively small. But larger quantities do arrive hidden in cargo shipments. Traffickers range from organized crime to lone operators Across Canada, police are seizing illicit fentanyl from China Once the drug is in, it is processed – often in Western Canada Once processed, the drug is moved to large cities, such as Calgary Bootleg fentanyl is highly lucrative The users at the end of the production line are diverse Fentanyl has been found in police busts all over the country ‘It’s a huge problem and it’s not just a policing problem’ ( )