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Twelve arrested, fentanyl seized in major bust

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 5:34 am EDT

some of the drugs seized in a bust in Ottawa, February 16, 2017 supplied/ Ottawa Police

OTTAWA – A dozen people have been arrested in a drug investigation related to the trafficking of counterfeit pills containing the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Ottawa police began their investigation last September and involved Ontario Provincial Police as the pills were also being dispersed to rural areas of eastern Ontario.

They say six men and four women were arrested Thursday morning when officers executed search warrants at a single family residence, two townhomes, two apartments and a storage locker in Ottawa.

Investigators say another man and a woman were arrested Thursday afternoon in Ottawa, and all 12 suspects are expected to appear in court on Friday facing drug and weapons charges.

They say officers seized counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, fentanyl powder, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Police also seized assault rifles, handguns, stun guns, a shotgun, ammunition, more than $130,000 in cash.

The arrests came after police and public health officials in Ottawa warned residents about counterfeit prescription medication that they suspected was linked to recent life-threatening overdoses in the city.

Police are expected to release more information on suspect identities and specific charges Friday.

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