The Fort St. John RCMP have charged an Abbotsford man with trafficking illegal drugs.
According to the RCMP, 24-year-old Mack Gustav Franke-Barton, an Abbotsford man who has been in Fort St. John for a short time, was found with found nearly a pound of powder and crack cocaine and 26 Fentanyl pills, as well as $7,500 on his person.
Fort St. John RCMP spokesperson Jodi Shelkie told Alaska Highway News that there was no direct connection between this bust and either of the large drug seizures that police say they made in Sept. and Oct. It is indicative of a growing trend towards Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate, more potent than morphine.
“We are finding more and more drug dealers with Fentanyl and often they’re selling Fentanyl and cocaine at the same time,” said Shelkie. Not only is it highly addictive, it is also dangerous, said Shelkie. “It’s very easy to overdose on Fentanyl, and cause death. It’s becoming more prevalent and it’s not all prescription grade Fentanyl, there’s also counterfeit Fentanyl that’s been made at home being sold as well.” In that case, Shelkie said, it becomes more dangerous, as the drug could be laced with any number of other substances.