North Bay OPP say they’ve charged a 29-year-old with manslaughter in connection to a drug overdose death in East Ferris, Ont.
Eric Champagne, from East Ferris, was charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death on Friday, police say.
On Aug. 15, officers say they were called to a home on Marina Road, where a 32-year-old identified as Andrew Duquette was found dead.
An investigation revealed that the victim died as a result of a drug overdose.
The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on Tuesday.
OPP say they’ve investigated 34 incidents where charges have been laid for manslaughter and/or criminal negligence causing death in relation to fatal overdoses since 2016. Of all the occurrences, this is the first one this year.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.