Why a black market is thriving in Canada
The market has become a hotbed for illegal drug sales.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has detected more than 1,600 kilograms of illicit drugs in the market, and it’s not clear how many of those are laced with fentanyl.
“There is a significant amount of fentanyl, it’s very potent, and there are quite a few other fentanyl derivatives that are circulating in the marketplace,” said Brian Walshe, head of the CBSA’s Food Safety Branch.
“We are still trying to determine the exact number of fentanyl that has been detected in the supply chain.”
Walshe says fentanyl has been spotted in some illegal drugs sold at the market.
In addition to fentanyl, the CBSE says a variety of other drugs including codeine, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and methadephytidine are also being sold at large drug markets in the country.
“I think it’s pretty clear that the drug supply chain is the primary culprit for fentanyl trafficking in Canada, and the trade is thriving there,” Walshel said.
But it’s unclear exactly how many people are making a living selling illegal drugs, and what their products are laced up with.
Walshel says the trade has expanded significantly in the last couple of years, and now he’s not sure how many illegal drugs are being sold there.
“We have had reports of individuals who have been selling illicit drugs from one location to another,” he said.
“One vendor has reported a total of 30 to 35 different illicit drugs that have been seized by Customs officers in recent weeks.”
Wales says he’s been on the front line of the fentanyl crisis.
He’s worked in the industry since he was 15 and he’s seen first hand the effects of fentanyl on the body.
“You can’t imagine the impact fentanyl has on a person’s life.
It can be fatal in a very short period of time.
We’ve seen people who have had their lives literally destroyed,” he explained.
Wales has been in the business for more than 15 years and he says he doesn’t have a clue how much fentanyl has infiltrated the Canadian drug market.
“It is a drug that has a history that is extremely destructive to the body and the mind, and I think the market is only going to get worse and worse,” he added.
“The fentanyl is so much more potent than what we’re used to dealing with.
The market is just exploding right now.
And I think people are desperate to get their hands on it, and that’s what the market has done.”CBC News spoke with some of the drug traffickers in Canada who say the market provides a steady source of income for them.”
These people are getting paid $2 a kilo for the sale of fentanyl to customers,” said Mike Stilwell, who runs a large drug market in Saskatoon, Sask.
“You’ve got to ask yourself, how many more of these drugs are going to be coming in?
And I don’t think they’re going to stop anytime soon.”