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Substance tests positive for fentanyl in Halloween candy haul, say central Alberta RCMP

RCMP warn parents to examine candy collected on Halloween
Rocky Mountain House RCMP are investigating suspicious Halloween candy. (Contributed)

A substance found in a child’s Halloween candy bag in Rocky Mountain House has tested positive for fentanyl, say RCMP.

Early tests on the substance, completed by Alberta RCMP Forensic Identification Section, has resulted in a presumptive positive test for the presence of fentanyl.

The substance was being sent urgently to the RCMP Laboratory for further tests.

On Nov. 2, Rocky Mountain House RCMP were contacted after a parent saw an open package of candy with three pieces of a dark, unknown substance.

Police said the substance was obvious with no intent to camouflage it in the candy and was obtained on Halloween in a large geographical area in Rocky Mountain House.

RCMP said the presence of fentanyl identified by the presumptive test is concerning. While RCMP conduct their investigation, they encourage parents to take extra precautions in examining all candy obtained on Halloween.

Unsealed packaging should be immediately disposed of, and parents should report any tampering of candy to their local police.

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