Crime Stoppers has created a special fund to help with spring cleaning across Norfolk and Haldimand.
From March 1 to May 1, the local Crime Stoppers unit is offering $1,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and charges against anyone trafficking fentanyl.
Rewards of between $500 and $1,000 are also on offer for tips leading to the seizure of significant amounts of the deadly narcotic.
“Traffickers of fentanyl and its derivatives continue to operate in our communities,” Neil Unwin, chair of the local Crime Stoppers, said in a news release.
“Their total disregard for those struggling with addiction has caused deaths and overdoses in our communities.
“These substances pose a hazard to first responders and law enforcement who come in direct contact with this drug.”
Fentanyl and more powerful variations such as carfentanil are synthetic opioids. They have the same addictive properties as heroine, morphine, codeine and other derivatives of the opium poppy but are manufactured under laboratory conditions. Much of the illicit fentanyl flooding into North America is synthesized in Asia and smuggled in through Mexico.
“Fentanyl is a terrible drug,” Unwin says. “We are not immune from it.
“It is not a `big city problem.’ It is prevalent everywhere. It has made and continues to make a significant adverse impact on our local communities.”
Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of someone trafficking in this dangerous substance is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.
Callers to Crime Stoppers are encouraged to remain anonymous, do not speak to a police officer, and are not required to testify in court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display.