The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Thursday that its Metro Vancouver Marine Operations team has seized approximately 1,500 kg of 4-Piperidone, a precursor chemical essential to the production of fentanyl. On July 16, border services officers examined a marine container that was declared as household goods. Officers found that the container contained a large quantity of an unknown chemical substance. They collected samples and sent them to the CBSA’s Contraband Drug Analysis Section for confirmation. The analysis confirmed the chemical to be 4-Piperidone, a Class A precursor under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, commonly used in the production of controlled substances such as fentanyl. The CBSA estimates the 1,500 kg of 4-Piperidone could have had the potential to produce over 2 billion doses of fentanyl. This seizure will help reduce the contamination of the illegal drug supply with highly toxic substances, potentially saving many lives.