Canada Two Ontario residents jailed in Bermuda on fentanyl-related charges

12:35  10 january  2017
12:35  10 january  2017 Source:   Metro News

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Two Ontario residents have been charged with importing fentanyl to Bermuda , police say.

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A jail cell (Picture for representation purpose only) © Shutterstock A jail cell (Picture for representation purpose only) Two Ontario residents have been charged with importing fentanyl to Bermuda, police say.

The pair were visiting the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel in the upscale holiday destination of 65,000 people when both were involved in a medical emergency on Dec. 20, Bermuda police said in a statement.

They were taken to hospital where they were later arrested. They have been in custody ever since their release from hospital.

Fentanyl is a potent opioid linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in B.C. and Alberta alone.: Two Ontario residents jailed in Bermuda on fentanyl-related charges © HANDOUT / THE CANADIAN PRESS Two Ontario residents jailed in Bermuda on fentanyl-related charges Police declined to comment further, citing the continuing investigation.

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Jacqueline Robinson, 25, and Craig Lawrence, 35, appeared in Bermuda court this past Thursday to face charges of importing the controlled drug fentanyl. Lawrence was also charged with possession with intent to supply.

If convicted, they could face imprisonment for life, or a fine of $1 million or three times the street value of the controlled drug, whichever is greater or both such a fine and imprisonment, according to the Bermuda Misuse of Drugs Act.

Their next court date is on Feb. 1.

Canada is facing a fentanyl crisis; the potent opioid has been linked to more than 500 overdose deaths last year in B.C. and Alberta alone. It’s often used to cut other drugs, such as heroin, cocaine or oxycodone, and is up to 100 times more toxic than morphine.

A crisis centred on the drug erupted in B.C. where there were 374 overdose deaths involving fentanyl detected between January and October 2016. This is an increase of 194 per cent over the previous year.

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