Po­lice seize sus­pected fen­tanyl-laced pur­ple heroin, firearm from ho­tel room

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION - DALSON CHEN dchen@post­media.com

Wind­sor po­lice be­lieve they’ve seized more than 100 grams of the street drug known as pur­ple heroin — a deadly com­bi­na­tion of heroin and fen­tanyl.

The sus­pected nar­cotics were dis­cov­ered on Satur­day in a mo­tel room in the 2800 block of Howard Av­enue.

Wind­sor po­lice say they were called to the mo­tel around 12:45 p.m. by em­ploy­ees who no­ticed a firearm in the room.

No one was in the room when po­lice ar­rived. Of­fi­cers were hold­ing the scene and wait­ing for a search war­rant when a ve­hi­cle with three oc­cu­pants drove into the mo­tel’s park­ing lot.

One male ex­ited the ve­hi­cle — and was quickly ar­rested.

The ve­hi­cle then fled the park­ing lot with the re­main­ing two oc­cu­pants.

Po­lice tried to pur­sue in their own ve­hi­cles, but the chase was called off due to the po­ten­tial dan­ger to the pub­lic. Through in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Wind­sor po­lice were able to iden­tify two peo­ple who had been stay­ing in the mo­tel room, and also the driver of the ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice searched the room and found the hand­gun in ques­tion. Of­fi­cers also found four grams of crack co­caine, 30.4 grams of sus­pected fen­tanyl in a white pow­der form, and 104.2 grams of sus­pected pur­ple heroin.

Last month, Hamil­ton Pub­lic Health Ser­vices is­sued an alert about pur­ple heroin due to mul­ti­ple re­ports of over­doses caused by a highly toxic form of heroin laced with fen­tanyl.

Po­lice say Satur­day’s seizure should serve as an im­por­tant re­minder that street drugs of­ten in­volve a mix­ture of dan­ger­ous sub­stances where even small amounts can be fa­tal.

Also seized from the room were 13.5 grams of an un­known sub­stance that was sub­ject to fur­ther anal­y­sis.

Po­lice es­ti­mate the street value of all the drugs seized so far at $54,240.

A 25-year-old Toronto man, Guled Is­mail, has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm with­out a li­cence.

Wind­sor po­lice seek to charge a 23-year-old Kitch­ener man with a sim­i­lar firearm of­fence. A 35-year-old Wind­sor man is be­ing sought on charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ing to stop for po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to call 519-255-6700, ext. 4830.

Anony­mous tips can be made via Crime Stop­pers at 519-258-8477 or www.catchcrooks.com.

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