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Picton man charged with manslaughter following overdose death: OPP

Fox is set to appear in a Belleville court on July 12, to answer to his new charge.
Fox is set to appear in a Belleville court on July 12, to answer to his new charge. Nick Westoll / Global News File

Prince Edward County OPP have charged a man with manslaughter in connection with an opioid-related death in Picton.

On March 11 of this year, paramedics were called to Loyalist Parkway in Hallowell Township to respond to an unresponsive man, 34-year-old Travis Rousseau from Picton, who was later pronounced dead.

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As a result, OPP charged 33-year-old Thomas Fox, of Picton, with trafficking opioids.

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After a post-mortem, police say the man, 34-year-old Travis Rousseau of Picton, died of a carfentanil overdose. Carfentanil is a very concentrated form of fentanyl, a sometimes lethal opioid.

OPP have since charged Fox with manslaughter, the maximum charge for which is life in prison.

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Fox is set to appear in a Belleville court on July 12, to answer to his new charge.

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