Manslaughter charges laid subsequent to overdose investigation

On Friday, April 19th, 2019, shortly after 11:00am, West Grey Police officers responded to report of an overdose at a Normanby area residence. When police arrived, a 46 year old man was found deceased. Toxicology reports revealed that the man had suffered a drug overdose from Carfentanil.

Subsequent to a lengthy investigation, on September 19th, a 34 year old male of Harriston, was arrested and charged with one count of Manslaughter and one count of Trafficking a Schedule 1 substance (Carfentanil.) The accused is being held in police custody until his scheduled appearance on September 20th.

“This incident demonstrated that the opioid crisis is in the Grey Bruce area and that law enforcement will work effectively with the community to prosecute those who are bringing the drugs into our communities,” said Chief Martin. “Drug trafficking will not be tolerated in the Municipality of West Grey and our members will continue to exert all resources needed in taking these drugs off of the streets. I applaud our front-line officers and investigators on their tireless efforts in keeping the Municipality of West Grey one of the safest in the province.”

Anyone with information pertaining to the event is asked to contact the West Grey Police Criminal Investigations Bureau at 519-371-6911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS should you wish to remain anonymous.