PARRY SOUND - Four people were arrested and $2,900 in prescription drugs seized in the Parry Sound Walmart parking lot last week.
The OPP's Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and Sudbury Drug Enforcement Unit learned that four people Barrie and Alliston resident planned to sell OxyNeo, a new version of the pain narcotic Oxycodone and its sister drug Percocet out of a car in the Parry Sound parking lot the afternoon of April 17 and were there to make the arrests.
"We decided to get the entire supply before any was distributed in the community," said Sudbury Drug Enforcement Unit Detective Sergeant Jim Vardon.
In all, police seized 60 40 mg OxyNeos pills and 100 5 mg Percocet pills valued at $2,900, plus $150 in cash and a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox.
OxyNeo replaced OxyContin in February and was hailed as tamperproof amid the prevalent abuse by drug addicts of the pain management narcotic .
OxyContin is still available for patients allergic to OxyNeo.
Drug addicts have already found a way to abuse the new OxyNeo pills and they're sold on the black market for slightly less than OxyContin, which, police are hearing anecdotally, are going up in price now that they are more rare, said Vardon.
A 49 year-old woman, of Barrie, was charged with possession of illegal drugs for trafficking, drug trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and breach of probation.
A 27-year-old man of Barrie, was charged with possession of drugs for trafficking, drug trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. A 61-yearold man, of Alliston, was charged with possession of drugs for trafficking, drug trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. A 68-year-old woman of Alliston was charged with possession of drugs for trafficking, drug trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.