Accused Hearst drug dealer charged with manslaughter in teen's overdose death
Fanny Vaillancourt, 16, of Hearst, Ont. died Sept. 26, 2020. (Source: Fournier Funeral Services)
SUDBURY -- A Hearst man has been charged with manslaughter and additional drug trafficking charges involving ecstasy after a teenage girl died of an overdose last fall.
Fanny Vaillancourt, 16, was found unresponsive at a home on Highway 11 west of Hearst on Sept. 26, 2020, around 4:15 a.m. She later died in hospital.
Her obituary said she was an endearing, lovable and reliable young girl who worked with several organizations in the region, including local volunteer firefighters, legion, lumberjacks and Hearst Pioneer Home.
"She had her heart on her hands and was always ready to listen and help her friends," the obituary reads.
Shortly after the tragic incident, police raided a home on Houle Street in Hearst and seized $4,300 in suspected speed and MDMA/Ecstasy. As a result, the 25-year-old accused was charged with two counts of drug trafficking.
Now, almost four months later, Ontario Provincial Police have added four more counts of trafficking MDMA/Ecstasy as well as the manslaughter charge in connection to the overdose death.
The accused has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in bail court on Jan. 20 in Cochrane.
None of the allegations has been proven in court.