Fentanyl and cocaine seized following arrests and search in Cornwall

February 7, 2023
Cornwall, Prince Edward Island

News release


The RCMP Queens Street Crime Unit and RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in #Cornwall, seized drugs and guns, and charged two people with drug trafficking and firearm offences.

On February 2, 2023, following the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Cornwall, RCMP seized:

  • approximately 1.6 kg of fentanyl;
  • approximately 200 g of cocaine;
  • two loaded handguns

A 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both of Cornwall, have been charged with many drug and firearm-related charges. Jarrett Ivan DesRoches has been remanded into custody and will appear in Charlottetown Provincial court on February 8, 2023 at 09:00 a.m. The woman was released on strict conditions and will appear in Charlottetown Provincial Court on February 9, 2023 at 09:00 a.m.

This investigation was conducted by the RCMP Queens Street Crime Unit and the RCMP Federal and Serious and Organized Crime Unit with the assistance from the RCMP Federal Intelligence Collection Team, Queens District RCMP, Kings District RCMP Street Crime Unit, PEI RCMP Major Crime, RCMP Police Dog Service, RCMP Emergency Medical Response Team, the Nova Scotia RCMP and the New Brunswick RCMP

Fentanyl, in its common formulation, is fatal in amounts equivalent to 18 grains of salt and it comes in a wide variety of formulations that can either weaken or strengthen it's potential to be fatal. It can be very dangerous to handle as it can be absorbed through the skin or breathed in. Due to the presence of fentanyl, Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) trained PEI RCMP officers with the assistance of CLEAR-trained Nova Scotia RCMP officers were called in to assist. Anyone who may come across suspected fentanyl should not touch or handle it and should call the police immediately.

One kilogram of Fentanyl could make up to one million doses.


Contact information

Gavin Moore (Cst)
Media Relations Officer / Agent des relations avec les médias
Ph./Tél: 902-218-2863

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