A significant amount of fentanyl and a handgun were taken off the street in an arrest in 51 Division.
On Wednesday, August 19 at around 9,30 p.m., officers assisted Toronto Community Housing Special Constables in making the arrest in the Sherbourne St. and Shuter St. area.
It’s alleged that during investigating a man for having open liquor in a vehicle, the Special Constables saw bullets in the vehicle.
The man fled on foot with the Special Constables in pursuit. Toronto Police officers responded and the suspect was seen throwing an object.
It’s further alleged that 24.25 grams of purple fentanyl and a loaded Smith and Wesson MP9C handgun with nine rounds of 9MM ammunition were located.
Kevon Radcliffle, 23, of Scarborough, faces nine charges, including possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition and failing to comply with a court release.
He made a court appearance on August 20.
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There has been approximately 27 fentanyl overdoses in the city in the last two weeks. The drug can be deadly if ingested in minute quantities.
A powerful synthetic opioid prescribed to combat severe pain, fentanyl is almost 40 times more potent than heroin and is often laced in other drugs.
“People don’t suspect there may be fentanyl and, of course, they have no way of testing the concentration of fentanyl that’s laced within other narcotics that they are using, usually heroin,” said Supt. Peter Moreira, the 51 Division Unit Commander. “It’s that unpredictability of what that does that creates the danger to people.
“In this arrest here where over an ounce of fentanyl was taken off the streets, that’s untold countless lives that might have been saved. Drugs in the downtown core here are a particular problem. They are often the reason for the victimization that’s happening and they often lead to death and overdoses. Our officers routinely are administering naloxone and anytime we have an opportunity to take fentanyl of any quantity, much less over an ounce, it saves lives.”
The Service has had a lengthy relationship with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) over the years.
In 2002, TCH entered into an agreement with the Toronto Police Services Board for Special Constable status.
Toronto Police approve the training of the Special Constables who carry handcuffs and have the authority of a police officer on TCH property.
“We have a close working relationship with these Special Constables,” said Moreira. “They are often our eyes and ears in the community when we are not there. They assist in almost every investigation, whether it’s on TCH property or not just because they are the first people we call to access video and information. They often provide the kind of context that we may not be aware of in our investigations only because they are embedded in these communities.”