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Stratford man faces manslaughter charge in fentanyl overdose death

Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in December 2018.
Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in December 2018. Stratford Police Service

Stratford police say a 54-year-old man is facing manslaughter and trafficking charges after a pair of fentanyl overdoses led to the death of a man and the near-death of a woman.

Police say the charges stem from an investigation that began in December 2018.

On Dec. 21, police say a 48-year-old Stratford man died from a fentanyl overdose. Police say a 33-year-old woman also overdosed on the drug, but was later revived after she was administered naloxone.

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Further investigation in the overdoses led officers to believe a 54-year-old Stratford man had provided the pair with a drug commonly referred to as “Down,” according to police.

As a result, the 54-year-old has been charged with manslaughter and trafficking a controlled substance.

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The accused remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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