Prince Rupert RCMP say two Kitimat people were arrested in relation to drug trafficking.
Jeremiah Dylan, 34, and Caitlyn Ashley Nelson, 26, have bee charged in connection to the bust where police say large quantities of pills and cash seized.
The Prince Rupert RCMP say they acted after receiving a request to assist the Kitimat RCMP in relation to an alleged assault that occurred in Kitimat.
In all police say 1,200 tablets containing heroin and fentanyl were seize, as well as $12,000 in cash.
The two are charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and will appear in court later this month.
“Illicit drugs have a profound effect on all communities, including the North Coast and are not just a big city problem,” saidSgt. Jagdev Uppal, spokesperson for the Prince Rupert RCMP. “There has been one death earlier this year in Prince Rupert believed to be related to a fentanyl overdose as well as multiple non-fatal overdoses.”
In Kitimat there have been at least two incidences of overdoses which are believed to be connected with the use of fentanyl, however there have been no deaths reported in the community.
Fentanyl is a powerful drug believed to be 100 times more potent than morphine.
The situation is serious enough that the Ministry of Health has hosted information conference calls with media to spread the word about its dangers.
Among statistics gathered relating to fentanyl was the one which shows a large percentage of people who have tested positive for traces of it in their bodies had not reported taking any, indicating people aren’t aware when they consume it.