COURTENAY, B.C- A Courtenay man is facing multiple charges after a dangerous drug was found by police.

According to a news release from the Courtenay RCMP, recent Health Canada tests confirmed the presence of a synthetic cannabinoid/ fentanyl combination powder in the community. The tests were undertaken after a drug investigation in October.

“During the course of the investigation a number of exhibits were seized from a residence, including a small amount of powder,” read the release.

“The powder was sent to the Health Canada Laboratory and was very recently confirmed to contain fentanyl, 5F-ADB (synthetic cannabinoid), caffeine and acetaminophen.”

According to Constable Monika Terragni, the spokesperson for the detachment, police are very concerned about the confirmation.

“This was a potent and potentially lethal combination of drugs.” said Terragni.

“These substances have been associated with psychotic episodes, overdoses and were presented in such a way that users may have been unaware of exactly what they were consuming.”

Courtenay resident Justin Chester has now been charged with several offences, including obstructing police, possession of a scheduled substance, and failure to comply with his probation.

He remains in custody.