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Halifax police issue warning after seizing 1,900 pills of potent new opioid

Halifax Regional Police have issued a warning after seizing 1,900 pills of a potent new synthetic opioid.

Police say the opioid was found as part of a drug trafficking investigation in Halifax.

Over a two-week period in February, officers conducted a number of searches as part of the investigation.

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) conducted a search of a residence on Dentith Road on Feb. 12, where they seized multiple items including approximately 1,900 unknown pills.

Police sent the pills to Health Canada for analysis, which later confirmed the pill to be isotonitazene, an opioid the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education says has a potency similar to or greater than fentanyl.

HRP say it is the first seizure of the drug in Halifax.

According to police, the pill came in the form of a white triangular tablet with rounded corners. There was an “M” punched into one side of the pill and the number “8” on the other.

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