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Charges laid by OPP after investigation confirms fentanyl toxicity

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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now laid additional charges in connection with a death in Picton earlier this year.

Officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the OPP responded to a report of a sudden death at a home on Mary Street in Picton, on Thursday, July 2, 2020, shortly before 5 a.m.

47-year-old Leanne Champion was pronounced deceased, according to the OPP. A post mortem examination and testing at Ontario Forensic Pathology Services has determined the cause of death to be fentanyl toxicity, OPP said in a report dated Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

As a result of the ongoing investigation additional charges have been laid against three individuals.

Lisa Bennett, age 40 and Kody Aspeck, age 31, both residents of Belleville, have been charged with the following offences:

  • Manslaughter
  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
  • Possession of Proceeds Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule 1 Substance: Fentanyl
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule 1 Substance: Methamphetamine

According to OPP, Lisa Bennett and Kody Aspeck have been remanded in custody until their appearances before the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee this month. 

Krzysztof Wolf, age 36 of Quinte West has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule 1 Substance: Fentanyl
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule 1 Substance: Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceeds Obtained by Crime Under $5000

This accused was released and was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on November 4, 2020

The investigation continues with members of the Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit, OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), and East Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS) Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say they have investigated 22 occurrences where charges have been laid for Manslaughter and/or Criminal Negligence Causing Death in relation to fatal overdoses since 2016. Of these occurrences, 6 were this year.

OPP encourage any person with information regarding this incident to immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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