London Police charge alleged drug dealer with manslaughter following overdose death

London, Ontario – On Friday, March 5, 2021 at approximately 9:00 a.m., emergency services responded to a 9-1-1 call in relation to an unresponsive male in a residence in the area of Gainsborough Road and Coronation Drive. Lifesaving measures were attempted but the male was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The Office of the Chief Coroner began an investigation with the assistance of members of the LPS Major Crime Section.

A post-mortem examination was conducted, and the cause of death was determined to be fentanyl overdose.

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(File Photo) London Drugs

Through the course of the investigation, officers identified the male suspect who sold the fentanyl to the victim, Ira Jonathan Zucker, 31, of London.

“All death investigations are guided by the facts and evidence unique to each case”, said Det. Sergeant Sean Travis, officer in charge of the Major Crime Section. “In this case, the charge of manslaughter is based on the illegal sale of fentanyl to an individual resulting in the overdose death of that individual.”

As a result of this investigation, Craig French, 33, of London, has been charged with the following offences:

Manslaughter; and

Trafficking a Schedule I substance (fentanyl).

On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the accused was arrested, appeared in court, and was remanded into custody pending an appearance in London court today.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers.

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