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W-18 Seized in Edmonton

Edmonton… ALERT is issuing a public notification following multi-kilogram seizure of W-18 powder in the Edmonton area. W-18 is a form of synthetic opioid and is allegedly 100x more toxic than fentanyl.

ALERT’s investigation dates back to December 2015 when four kilograms of a then-unknown chemical powder was seized as part of a fentanyl investigation in Edmonton. The chemical powder was submitted to Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service who confirmed the substance was W-18 on April 19.

This is believed to be the first time W-18 powder has been seized in Alberta.

W-18 is not currently regulated in Canada under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. It has no known clinical use.

ALERT’s investigation remains on-going and can only provide limited information about the W-18 seizure at this time.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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