February 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Updated: February 27, 2018 2:46 pm

Halifax man charged with drug trafficking 2 years after teen girl’s death

A drug trafficking charge has been laid after an investigation by members of the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.

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A Halifax man has been charged with drug trafficking after an investigation into the death of a teen two years ago, but police say the charge is not connected to her death.

On the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2016, Halifax Regional Police responded to a residence in the 5000-block of Macara Street in the city’s north end.

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A 16-year-old girl was reported to be in medical distress and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl was reportedly under the care of the province and lived in a group home for girls under 18.

“There is no evidence to suggest her death is suspicious,” said Const. Carol McIsaac.

Police are not releasing the girl’s cause of death.

Through the course of the police investigation into her death, investigators determined there was enough evidence to lay drug trafficking charges.

“[Police] initiated an investigation into her death. Based on information that they gathered throughout that, they received information and evidence to support a drug trafficking charge against the man,” McIsaac said.

“But it’s not connected to her death at all.”

On Monday, almost exactly two years after the girl’s death, police arrested a 21-year-old man at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

Walter John Mitchell is charged with one count of trafficking under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and was scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on Tuesday.

McIsaac says Mitchell and the teen knew each other and were acquaintances.

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