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Manslaughter charge in drug overdose death of Hanover woman

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A man faces manslaughter charges in relation to an overdose death of a Hanover woman.

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John “Kevin” McPhee, 38, of no fixed address was arrested following a two-month investigation into the woman’s death, Hanover police said in a news release issued on Thursday.

McPhee faces charges of manslaughter, two counts of fentanyl trafficking, possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

McPhee made a court appearance before a Justice of the Peace on Thursday and remained in custody, the release said.

The death investigation is ongoing.

“Fentanyl continues to be a significant public health risk across Canada and beyond that has claimed the lives of 28 people in Grey-Bruce during the past two years alone,” the release said.

“The Hanover Police Service wishes to thank the community for their assistance with this investigation and continues to appeal to anyone that may have information to come forward and speak with police investigators by calling 519-364-4280 or Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.”

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