|Calgary police seized 83 kg of phenacetin — a pain-relieving compound that was pulled from drug store shelves in the 1970s and is now used for cutting cocaine. |
Phenacetin has a numbing effect similar to cocaine but is far cheaper, so it's common for drug dealers to mix the two to boost their profits.
|Police say multiple organizations in Calgary and other cities across Canada were receiving similar drugs distributed from the two men who were charged.|
The investigation was sparked after the Canadian Border Services Agency seized three 25kg barrels of phenacetin last year, all destined for Calgary.