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OPP lay manslaughter charges in Picton, Ont. fentanyl death

OPP have charged two people with manslaughter after they say a woman died of a fentanyl overdose in Picton, Ont., earlier this year.
OPP have charged two people with manslaughter after they say a woman died of a fentanyl overdose in Picton, Ont., earlier this year. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Prince Edward County OPP have announced additional charges against three people previously arrested following an opioid-related death in Picton, Ont.

In early July, a 47-year-old woman named Leanne Champion died suddenly at a home on Mary Street in Picton.

A post-mortem was conducted and police say Champion died of a fentanyl overdose.

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Between July 2 and 3, a number of search warrants were executed, and two Belleville residents, 40-year-old Lisa Bennett and 31-year-old Kody Aspeck, and a Quinte West resident, 36-year-old Krzysztof Wolf, were initially charged with drug trafficking.

On Thursday, OPP announced further charges for all three.

Bennet and Aspect have been charged with manslaughter; conspiracy to commit an indictable offence; possession of proceeds obtained by crime under $5,000; possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl; and possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine.

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Wolf has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine; and possession of proceeds obtained by crime under $5,000.

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Bennet and Aspeck remain in custody while Wolf has since been released on a promise to appear to court at a later date.

Since 2016, OPP say they have investigated 22 occurrences related to fatal opioid overdoses where charges have been laid for manslaughter and/or criminal negligence causing death. Six of those incidents took place this year.

OPP are still investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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