Manslaughter charge laid in suspected overdose death
Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:23PM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, September 5, 2017 6:16PM EDT
A Brantford man has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly selling another man the drugs that are suspected to have killed him.
Andrew Allison, 34, was arrested Monday evening, in a parking lot on Murray Street.
Police say he had more than $2,100 worth of drugs with him at the time, including cocaine, fentanyl and crystal meth.
Earlier that day, a 46-year-old man had died in hospital of a suspected drug overdose. The overdose brought emergency crews to an address on Nelson Street last Friday.
Allison had allegedly sold cocaine and fentanyl to the 46 year old.
“As a result of him trafficking those drugs, it led to and contributed to the death of the victim,” Brantford police Const. Natalie Laing said in an interview.
Brantford resident Tom Dennison says the victim is his longtime friend Anthony Mirco.
Dennison describes Mirco has a hardworking father who “liked to have fun” but was not addicted to drugs.
“I know he wasn’t a crackhead, and I know he wasn’t a guy who went to work just to pay for that,” he says.
“He was a great man, and I’m going to miss him.”
In addition to manslaughter, Allison is charged with drug trafficking, drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
He made a brief court appearance Tuesday and was remanded back into custody.
With reporting by Nicole Lampa