Stratford Police Service
A Stratford man was charged with manslaughter Friday after a five-month investigation into a December overdose death.The Stratford Police Service arrested the 54-year-old suspect Friday afternoon after an arrest warrant was issued earlier in the day. Charged with manslaughter and trafficking in a controlled substance, the suspect was held in custody to wait for a May 25 bail hearing. He was held in custody and is now scheduled to return to court on Monday, May 27.The charges stem from the alleged fentanyl-related overdose death of a 48-year-old Stratford man on Dec. 21, 2018. Stratford police had information the suspect allegedly provided the man and a 33-year-old woman with a drug, commonly referred to by the street name “down.” After ingesting the drug, the man and woman both reportedly fell unconscious. While the woman was revived by naloxone, the man died as the alleged result of an overdose.After consulting with the Crown attorney’s office, the Stratford police decided to lay a manslaughter charge because Terry Collins, the alleged trafficker, “ought to have known that trafficking in fentanyl is a dangerous act likely to cause death to a person,” police said in a media release.