Pain patch drug bust in Mallorytown

In this photo supplied by Gananoque police, some of the evidence seized during a Fentanyl pain patch drug bust in Mallorytown, Ont. on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Two sisters have been charged. (Gananoque Police Service via Newswatch Group)

MALLORYTOWN – Two women are facing charges in connection to a bust where Gananoque police seized scores of fake and real medicated pain patches.

Officers searched a Mallorytown home on Thursday (April 7) and seized 293 100-microgram Fentanyl patches, some of which were cut up for resale.

They also found 142 counterfeit Fentanyl patches and a large quantity of used patches, which police say still have residual medication in them and are valued on the street.

Nearly $7,500 in cash was also seized.

The estimated street value of the bust is between $65,000 and $235,000.

Police said they were tipped off after some of the counterfeit patches were passed off at a local pharmacy participating in the patch-for-patch program, where prescription users pass in their used patches in order to get new ones.

The two women – 35- and 49-year-old sisters — were arrested and charged with fraud related offences and possession for the purpose of trafficking in Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller which gives illicit drug users a heroin-like high.