Delta Police Secure Charges in Sept 2016 Fentanyl Overdose Investigation

Release Date/Time: September 14, 2017 10:09am
Incident Date/Time: September 01, 2016
Location: South Delta
DPD File: 17-18457

Background: Sept 2016 – Delta Police within a 20 minute span received separate reports of overdoses from four separate locations. In each case the victims reported respiratory breathing problems, including one person in full cardiac arrest. The Delta Fire Department and British Columbia Ambulance Service attended all four scenes and successfully used Narcan on eight of nine individuals. These nine individuals were recreational users who believed they were using cocaine.

Update: Delta Police seized drugs from the scene and over the last year have been engaged in a thorough investigation which has resulted in charges against, 21 year old Daniel C. CHESSHIRE of Delta. CHESSHIRE faces two counts of trafficking in a controlled substances. He is due to appear in court September 28, 2017.

The young people who overdosed that night in Delta (Sept 2016), are among the very fortunate. Their lives were saved in part because they called for help. It was a joint effort among first responders and the medial staff at the hospital that saved these their lives. Sadly we have seen too many succumb to this opioid crisis before and since this incident.

Since November 2016, Delta Police officers are equipped with Naloxone giving them the ability to respond appropriately to these medical crisis situations.

Chief Dubord stresses, “In addition to equipping our officers with Naloxone so they have the ability to potentially save a life, it is vital that we continue to pursue every avenue available to us to investigate these types of incidents. 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.