NT RCMP warning residents of noxious substance found in illicit drugs

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NT RCMP is warning users of illicit drugs there have been noxious substances found in a drug seizure.

The Yellowknife RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) seized illicit drugs on November 27th from a Yellowknife residence which resulted in charges.

The drugs were believed to be crack cocaine, powder cocaine and tablets. Samples of the illicit drugs were sent to the Health Canada Drug Analysis Service for analysis.

The results were returned to the RCMP on January 20th advising that two substances found in the drugs (Adinazolam and 5-MeO-DBT) meets the following criteria:

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  • This substance is presented as a new form of exhibit that individuals may be unaware they are consuming; or
  • This substance is so novel that limited information is available on its safety.

Inspector Dyson Smith, Officer in Charge Yellowknife Detachment says the RCMP are very concerned that those who are already at risk and harm from illicit drug use may be further affected by the presence of new and noxious substances recently found.

“Given the distribution systems of the illegal drug trade, those tainted drugs could be anywhere in the territory, so this warning is for the entire territory.”

The RCMP is working with the GNWT Department of Health and Social Services on the potential impacts of the discovery of the drugs in the territory.

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