08/09/2016 04:56 EDT | Updated 08/09/2016 04:59 EDT

Joshua Wrenn Charged After 50 Million Doses Of Deadly Drug Imported To Canada

Fentanyl has been linked to hundreds of deaths in Canada.

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CALGARY — RCMP have charged a Calgary man with importing a dangerous synthetic drug that can be 100 times more powerful than deadly fentanyl.

Police say Canada Border Services Agency staff seized a package containing one kilogram of carfentanil that came from China, enough for 50 million doses.

The synthetic opioid is used to sedate elephants and other large animals but has been showing up in heroin around the world.

RCMP say it is hard to imagine what this drug would do if even a small amount made its way to Canadian streets.

Joshua Wrenn, who is 24, is charged with importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Fentanyl has been linked to hundreds of deaths in Canada, including 443 in Alberta since 2014.

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