Dartmouth man charged with criminal negligence in overdose death

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WATCH ABOVE: A drug overdose on New Year's day claimed the life of 24-year-old Jesse Smith. The Dartmouth man went into medical distress from complications of a drug that Halifax Regional Police have yet to identify. 23-year-old Jesse Raymond Gaetz of Dartmouth has been charged with criminal negligence causing death. As Alexa Maclean reports, Medical experts say experimental drug use can carry a much higher risk of harm then people think, especially when it's mixed with alcohol – Jan 4, 2016

HALIFAX – A 24-year-old man has died as a result of a drug overdose on New Year’s Day, while another man has been charged with criminal negligence in relation to his death.

Halifax Regional Police say the victim, Jesse Smith of Dartmouth, passed away in hospital.

Smith was found near Horizon Court in Dartmouth around 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 1, suffering from medical issues which resulted from a drug overdose.

Police have now charged Jesse Raymond Gaetz, 23,  also from Dartmouth, with criminal negligence causing death as it’s alleged that he failed to obtain medical assistance for the victim.

Gaetz was arrested early this morning and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday, Jan. 4.

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