OPP Charge Alleged Drug Trafficker in Conjunction with Overdose Death


HEARST – On September 26, 2020, at approximately 4:15 am, members of the James Bay Detachments and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a residence on Highway 11 west of Hearst where a 16-year-old person was found unresponsive and later died in hospital.

The 16 year-old victim has been identified as Fanny Vaillancourt of Hearst.

Further investigation led police to execute a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) warrant at a separate residence on Houle Street in the Town of Hearst shortly afterwards. Police seized suspected methamphetamine (speed) and methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA/Ecstasy) with a combined estimated street value of $4,300.

Casey LACROIX, 24-years-old, of Hearst, has been charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine contrary to section 5(2) CDSA and Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Other Drugs contrary to section 5(2) CDSA.

The James Bay Detachments Crime Unit is continuing this investigation under the direction of the OPP’s Criminal Investigation Branch.

The accused is scheduled to attend a video bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Hearst on September 28, 2020. None of the charges have been proven in court.

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