A couple was recently arrested for distributing fentanyl, carfentanil and other similar substances for profit by Canadian authorities. Cassie Bonthoux, 28, and James Nelson, 35, were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police due to Project E-Neophile.
Project E-Neophile is a large scale operation that includes the efforts of several law enforcement agencies around the world. Entities included are Canadian Royal Mounted Police, Calgary Police, Australian authorities and DEA in the U.S.
The couple was put on the radar due to their Chinese distributor making a recent statement to The Globe and Mail, a news website. The statement included the bragging of how they packaged their fentanyl and carfentanil in order to get through customs and they even included pictures.
The Canadian couple owned a clothing store and the pictures included screenshots of addresses including that of their store. Authorities began to investigate Nelson and Bonthoux, which led to the discovery of their online drug operations using a few different Dark Web marketplaces.
Canadian police continued to investigate them but didn’t have much to go on due to their importing of the drugs suddenly stopped. Luckily for police, the couple apparently couldn’t, or wouldn’t, give up the drug trade for long and got back in the game in July 2017.
Police then had all they needed in order to arrest Nelson and Bonthoux, which included raiding their home and their store. 120 grams of fentanyl and carfentanil were found plus two guns, $68k US in cryptocurrency and several kilograms of an unknown substance.
Neither of the couple have been formally charged yet but they are due in court soon as they are currently out on bail. Hopefully, the success of Canadian authorities will cause a domino effect on the couple’s customer base, which was shared with the DEA and all other appropriate departments in order to arrest said customers.