Sudden Death Investigation in Longlac Results in Drug Trafficking Charges for Jacob Wattie

Ontario Provincial Police Crime report

LONGLAC / Greenstone – On April 26, 2020, members of the Greenstone Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Superior North EMS responded to a residence in Longlac, Ontario for a report of a suspected drug overdose.

A 29-year-old was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A six month investigation into the circumstances surrounded the death was initiated by the Greenstone OPP in conjunction with the OPP Forensic Identification Services, North West Region Crime Unit, Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), OPP North West Regional Support Team (RST) and the Office of the Coroner. Although the investigation did not yield charges specifically related to the overdose death, a 24-year-old Russell Township resident has been charged with several drug offences for allegedly trafficking to the deceased.

Jacob WATTIE has been charged with three counts of Trafficking in a Schedule I substance contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused made a brief court appearance on Friday November 06, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay by video and was remanded into custody.

Police are asking any persons with information related to this occurrence or any other drug trafficking investigation to contact the OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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