(James Smith photo)

(James Smith photo)

Delta man charged in year-long fentanyl overdose investigation

Delta Police responded to nine overdoses in 20 minutes in Sept. 2016

Delta Police have charged 21-year-old Delta resident Daniel Chessire in connection to nine overdoses in South Delta last year.

In September 2016, the DPD responded to reports of fentanyl overdoses at four separate locations within a 20 minute time span. Each of the victims had reported breathing problems, and one person was in full cardiac arrest. The DPD and the B.C. Ambulance service used Narcan on eight of the nine people found in medical distress.

The overdose victims were recreational users who believed they were ingesting cocaine.

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The DPD seized drugs from the scene and have been investigating the event over the past year. This has resulted in charges against Chessire, who faces two counts of trafficking in controlled substances.

“It is vital that we continue to pursue every avenue available to us to investigate these types of incidents,” Police Chief Neil Dubord said in a press release.

“So much harm has been inflicted on so many. It is important for us to continue with public education and awareness but we will also be tenacious in our investigative efforts as well.”

Since November 2016, Delta Police officers have been equipped with naxolone, allowing them to respond to these types of situations.

Chessire is due to appear in court on Sept. 28, 2017.