Man charged in South Delta fentanyl overdoses to stand trial

Delta Optimist


The man at the centre of a high-profile South Delta fentanyl overdose case has been committed to trial.

Following three days of testimony at a preliminary hearing in Surrey provincial court last week, 21-year-old Delta resident Daniel Chun Chesshire will stand trial. He faces one count of trafficking in cocaine and one count of trafficking in fentanyl.

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There is a publication ban in effect, so none of the testimony from the preliminary hearing can be published.

He is set to appear in New Westminster Supreme Court on Sept. 27 to fix a date for a jury trial.

Chesshire entered a not guilty plea to the charges in November of last year.

Delta police initially arrested Chesshire, but released him pending further investigation. He was formally charged in September of last year.

In September of 2016, within a 20-minute span, police received reports of overdoses from four separate locations in South Delta involving nine young adults.

In each case, the victims reported respiratory problems, including one person in full cardiac arrest. Delta firefighters and paramedics attended the four scenes and used Narcan on eight of the nine overdose victims, all of whom survived.

DPD says the nine individuals were recreational users who believed they were using cocaine.