Opioid overdose leads to manslaughter charge for Harriston man

WEST GREY – A Harriston man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with an opioid overdose here five months ago.

On April 19 at about 11am, emergency crews responded to a report of an overdose at a Normanby-area home.

West Grey Police officials say a 46-year-old man was found dead and toxicology reports later revealed he overdosed on carfentanil.

After a lengthy investigation, police arrested a suspect on Sept. 19.

Tyler Geiger, 34, of Harriston, was charged with manslaughter and trafficking a Schedule 1 substance (carfentanil.)

He was to appearance in court on Sept. 20.

“This incident demonstrated that the opioid crisis is in the Grey Bruce area and that law enforcement will work effectively with the community to prosecute those who are bringing the drugs into our communities,” said West Grey Police Chief Robert Martin.

“Drug trafficking will not be tolerated in the Municipality of West Grey and our members will continue to exert all resources needed in taking these drugs off of the streets. I applaud our frontline officers and investigators on their tireless efforts…”

Anyone with information about this incident can call the West Grey Police Criminal Investigations Bureau at 519-371-6911. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.