Cops seize marijuana, illegal narcotics
“Hillbilly heroin” shows up in Iqaluit
Iqaluit RCMP seized quantities of oxycontin, percocet and fentanyl during a raid last week that also netted 2.4 pounds of marijuana and $10,000 in cash, police said in media advisory issued Aug. 31.
Oxycontin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is a brand name for a prescription narcotic drug often used to treat chronic pain.
But in recent years, drug abusers across North America, especially in rural areas, have discovered that when crushed and then snorted or injected intravenously, oxycontin can produce a high similar to heroin.
Percocet, similar in effect to oxycontin, combines oxycontin’s main ingredient, oxycodone, with acetaminophen.
Fentanyl, also a powerful narcotic, is considered to be 100 times more potent than morphine.
Police say they conducted the search, done Aug. 28, after “receiving information that there was illegal drug trafficking taking place at that location,” but their news release does not state the street address of the residence.
Joseph Hess, 54, of Iqaluit, faces four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking.
He’s scheduled to appear in court Nov. 2 in Iqaluit.