Thursday, September 15, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Drug Investigation Arrest - C16-190364

Public Advisory:

On September 12, 2016, officers from the East District Community Support Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team executed a search warrant at a hotel in the west-end of Winnipeg.

As a result of the warrant, officers located and seized the following from a hotel room:

1477 blotter tabs - Investigators suspect the tabs may be carfentanil with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000.


As a result of this investigation:

Grayson Richard PARRIS, 37-years, of Winnipeghas been charged with numerous offences which include:

- Possess Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possess Scheduled Substance
- Possess Proceeds of Crime

PARRIS was remanded into custody.


The Winnipeg Police Service is unable to state conclusively at this time whether the substance seized was, in fact, carfentanil pending results of lab testing.

Carfentanil is a more toxic variant of the drug fentanyl. It was designed as a tranquilizer for large animals. Carfentanil is an opioid drug that can easily cause overdose death or long term health problems when used in humans. If you are using heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil or any other similar drug, it is important that you have a Naloxone overdose prevention kit with you at all times. Because Carfentanil is so toxic, you might need to use several doses of Naloxone to reverse an overdose. If you inject opioids, you can get a free Naloxone kit and overdose response training from the Street Connections program at 496 Hargrave Street. Naloxone can also be purchased from any pharmacy, without a prescription.

If you are using opioid drugs, such as heroin, morphine, or fentanyl:
 - Do not use alone
 - Start with a very small dose
 - Try to avoid carfentanil
 - Get a Naloxone overdose prevention kit

For information about Naloxone and Fentanyl go to  To get your own Naloxone kit go to

The Winnipeg Police Service is working closely with community partners on a coordinated strategy to ensure the public is aware of the dangers. These drugs can and have had a profound effect on communities across North America.



For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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