The substance acetyl fentanyl was detected in tablets that look like ‘Pez’ lollies.
Acetyl fentanyl is a potent opiate not previously seen in tablet form.
The 180 tablets were seized in late November and an investigation into that seizure is ongoing.
Detective Superintendent Dene Leekong, from the Serious and Organised Crime Division, said drug traffickers involved in the illicit drug trade were motivated by profits, not the welfare of customers.
“Users have no guarantees about what they are consuming when they consume illicit drugs,” she said. “We will continue to target drug dealers in the community.”
Parents are urged to keep an eye on children and make sure they are not exposed to, or presented with, these items due to their pez-like presentation. Anyone in possession of such substances is advised to avoid taking the drugs and to destroy them immediately.
Anyone with information regarding the manufacture, importation or distribution of any drugs is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report the information online at www.crimestoppers wa.com.au.