Sudden Death from ‘Yellow Down’ in Fort Frances


FIfty-Year-Old Faces Drug Trafficking Charges

FORT FRANCES – On July 12, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Fort Frances Detachment responded to two separate occurrences where two Fort Frances residents had ingested a yellow coloured drug. Both people became unconscious as a result of the drug ingested and a Fort Frances resident died.

Police are warning the public about the dangers of illicit drug use. This potentially fatal drug has been described as “yellow down” and people have died taking it. It is important that the public report public safety threats to the police and help combat the battle against drugs.

In the last 24 hours Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have responded to five reported overdoses in the Town of Fort Frances. All five individuals have recovered, however, the OPP would like to remind the public of the risks of taking non-prescribed medication and illicit drugs.

The deceased has been identified as Wayne COMIGAN, 62-years-old of Fort Frances, Ontario.

Scott FOSTER, a 50-year-old man from Fort Frances, Ontario has been charged with the following offenses under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA):

· Trafficking in a Schedule I Substance – Opioid contrary to s. 5(1)

· Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – other drugs contrary to s. 5(2)

·  Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid contrary to s. 5(2)

Members of the OPP North West Region Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Any person with information regarding this investigation should immediately contact the Fort Frances OPP at 1-807-274-3322 or toll free at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS). You can also submit information online at  Being anonymous, you will not be required to testify in court and information you provide may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.