RCMP seize several kilos of opium from Burnaby home
One person has been arrested after Burnaby RCMP seized several kilograms of raw opium from a Burnaby home recently.
The Burnaby RCMP drug section received a tip from Canada Border Services Agency, which led to the seizure of the illicit drugs, which were enough for about 100,000 doses.
The investigation used surveillance and search warrants. Police are not releasing the name of the suspect as the investigation is continuing.
The seized opium, which can be converted into heroin, is believed to have originated from the Middle East.
The smoking of opium, known as "chasing the dragon," is rapidly increasing in popularity, particularly among teenagers, say Burnaby RCMP.
"While smoking opium may appeal to some as being less harmful than using heroin, the harmful effects of opium use can include respiratory difficulties, coma, cardiac collapse and dependence," warned Burnaby RCMP drug section's Sgt. Scott Rintoul.