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Alleged drug dealer charged with manslaughter months after man dies from fentanyl in Markham

York Regional Police say a 33-year-old man died in February after using drugs laced with fentanyl. Global News file image

MARKHAM – An alleged drug dealer is facing charges months after a man in Markham died from a fentanyl overdose.

Police in York Region say a 33-year-old man died in February after using drugs laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that health officials say has been linked to thousands of deaths across Canada.

In the months following the man’s death, police say they tracked down the dealer who had sold him the drugs.

READ MORE: Nearly 400 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses last summer: Public Health Ontario

Police allege the suspect, a man from Richmond Hill, was in possession of substances believed to be cocaine and heroin.

The accused was arrested Tuesday and charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, drug trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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Investigators say it’s the third recent case in the region where someone has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fentanyl-related death.

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