Woman dies after unknowingly ingesting drugs containing fentanyl

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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) – An Arnaudville has been arrested after being charged with selling an illegal drug to a woman who died after unknowingly ingesting drugs containing fentanyl, according to the Lafayette Police Department.

Officers responded to the 500 block on Jefferson Street on October 23, 2021, regarding a woman who was found unconscious following an apparent drug overdose, according to Lafayette Police Sr. Cpl. Matthieu Benoit.

Benoit said the woman was treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

The woman remained hospitalized and died of her injuries on October 30, according to Benoit.

The Lafayette Police Narcotics Division, in conjunction with the Criminal Investigation Division, began to aggressively investigate the incident, according to Benoit.

During the investigation, toxicology results revealed that the woman’s cause of death was due to her ingestion of drugs containing fentanyl, which she was not aware of, Benoit said.

Lafayette Police SIU investigators, along with the United States Marshalls Violent Offender Task Force, located and arrested Damien Bernard, 25, of Arnaudville, around noon on Tuesday, January 4, according to Cpl Mathew Benoit of the Lafayette police.

Benoit said investigators were able to determine that Bernard sold the illegal drugs to the woman.

Bernard was incarcerated at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of second degree murder, according to Benoit.

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