Timmins man charged with manslaughter over opioid death
Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:36PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:15PM EDT
Provincial Police in Temiskaming have arrested and charged two men from Timmins in connection with an opioid-related death that happened in a town south of Temiskaming Shores.
Police were called to a sudden death on Empire Street in Latchford on November 30, 2018 and began an investigation.
Earlier this month, police arrested and charged a 30-year-old man for trafficking opioids in connection to the case.
He was released and is scheduled to appear in a Haileybury court on June 4.
Now, a 21-year-old man has also been arrested and charged for trafficking opioids, but police have also laid charges of manslaughter, death by criminal negligence, and escaping lawful custody.
Laura Houliston is a detective inspector for the OPP Criminal Investigations Branch.
“Trafficking in opioids is a serious offence. Dealers are knowingly distributing products that cause harm and/or death. The OPP will continue to investigate opioid related deaths and is focused on apprehending those responsible." said Houliston.
The accused is being held pending bail and is scheduled to appear in court in Haileybury on May 29.
"Opioids such as fentanyl are odorless and can be mixed with any drug; even a small amount can be lethal, putting the public and the police at risk. The Temiskaming OPP is continuing to work with community partners to strategically and collaboratively address the opioid crisis at the local and provincial levels." said Inspector Joel Breault, detachment commander of Temiskaming OPP.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Temiskaming OPP at 705-647-8400. You may also call the OPP toll free at 1-888-310-1122 or contact your nearest police authority.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at www.tipsubmit.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.