Urgent warning regarding dangerous drug capable of causing death detected in Queensland

Published: Comments:
Community Law & Safety Political Queensland Government


Law enforcement and health professionals are issuing an urgent warning regarding a deadly drug that has been detected in Queensland, with fears anyone who takes or comes into contact with the drug risks death.

Minister for Police Mark Ryan said Queensland Police and the Australian Border Force (ABF) work collaboratively on the importation and distribution of illicit drugs and substances and have come together to issue a warning given the very real danger posed by this particular drug.

"I am advised that Carfentanyl is a highly toxic and potent synthetic based drug, with a 0.002mg dose enough to kill a person," Minister Ryan said.

"The fact that this illegal drug has been located in Queensland is very concerning and together with the police, we are urging people to not take any risks at all with this illicit drug.

"The Palaszczuk Government will be working closely with the Queensland Police to ensure this drug is kept off our streets."

"We are very concerned to see this drug in Queensland. Because of its capacity to cause death, it is important we get the message out as soon as possible to the community," Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the QPS Drug and Serious Crime Group said.

The drug was intercepted by the ABF at a Brisbane mail centre and has been tested and positively identified as Carfentanyl.

"The drug is based on Fentanyl, but is significantly more potent. A small dose has the capacity to kill – this is not a drug anyone should be taking a risk with.

"Make no mistake, these are not party drugs. These are dangerous drugs and it's not a matter of if it will kill you. This drug will kill you," Detective Superintendent Wacker said.

While the drug has been reported in the United States, it is relatively new in Australia with one confirmed detection in Sydney by the ABF in December 2016 and now this most recent detection in Queensland.

"It is unclear how it would be marketed here, whether sold in its pure form or mixed with other drugs and sold as the latest "hook". Either way, we know this drug is lethal and we need to get the warnings out now," Detective Superintendent Wacker said.

The drug is commonly used as a tranquiliser for large animals, including elephants and the most minute of doses for humans is lethal.

Information suggests that anyone who comes into contact with the drug on their skin or eyes is also at a very great risk.

Law enforcement and ABF officers will continue to work together to identify the origin of the drug and to monitor and restrict its importation into Australia.

ABF Regional Commander for Queensland, Terry Price, also emphasised the seriousness of the find.

"This substance is roughly 10,000 times more potent than morphine. We will continue to work very closely with Queensland Police to investigate the circumstances behind this very troubling attempted import," he said.

"The protection of the Australian community is something we are resolutely committed to. I'd like to commend our border officers for making this important detection in the international mail," Regional Commander Price said.

myPolice Sunshine Coast :
mypolice.qld.gov.au/sunshinecoast, Sunshine Coast Wide
myPolice Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
International students provided advice for Orientation Week 20 February 2017 | There is more than just the police that are keeping the new International Students commencing study at the Sunshine Coast University safe. Today guest speakers from Australia Zoo, Surf Lifesaving Queensland and... More information...
Have your say: Drink driving discussion paper 20 February 2017 | One in five fatalities on Queensland roads involves a drink driver. Department of Transport and Main Roads has developed a new Drink Driving Discussion Paper – and it is now time for the broader community to... More information...
Update: Missing man, Dicky Beach 20 February 2017 | Police have located the body believed to be that of a man reported missing from Dicky Beach. More information...
Lost wedding ring, Mooloolaba 17 February 2017 | Sunshine Coast Police are seeking the assistance of the public to help locate a lost wedding ring for an international tourist. Visiting from the Netherlands, the owner was enjoying a day at the beach at Mooloo... More information...
Fatal traffic crash, Forest Glen 17 February 2017 | Preliminary information suggests that around 6.45pm, a vehicle was travelling on the Bruce Highway when it has lost control, mounted an embankment and rolled, landing on its roof. More information...
Update: Charges fatal traffic crash, Buddina 17 February 2017 | Police have charged a man following the investigation of a fatal traffic crash at Buddina on January 6. More information...
Further appeal to find missing Sippy Downs man 17 February 2017 | Police are continuing to seek public assistance to help locate a 19-year-old man missing from the Sippy Downs area. More information...
Urgent warning regarding dangerous drug capable of causing death detected in Queensland 17 February 2017 | Law enforcement and health professionals are issuing an urgent warning regarding a deadly drug that has been detected in Queensland, with fears anyone who takes or comes into contact with the drug risks death. More information...
Fatal traffic crash, Noosaville 15 February 2017 | Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this afternoon near Noosaville. Initial information suggests that a Hyundai sedan was travelling south on Walter Hay Drive shortly before 3.30pm when it... More information...
Increase in thefts from vehicles in Caloundra 13 February 2017 | Thefts from vehicles in Caloundra continue to increase. This includes the estates of Little Mountain, Caloundra West, Aroona, Meridan Plains, Golden Beach, Pelican Waters and Currimundi. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service