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Lafayette Police: Female dies after unknowingly ingesting drugs laced with fentanyl

The female remained hospitalized and died from her injuries on Oct. 30, according to police.
The female remained hospitalized and died from her injuries on Oct. 30, according to police.(WGEM)
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 4:29 PM CST
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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) - An Arnaudville has been arrested after being accused of selling an illegal drug to a female who died after unknowingly ingesting drugs laced with fentanyl, according to the Lafayette Police Department.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Jefferson Street on Oct. 23, 2021, regarding a female who was found unconscious from an apparent drug overdose, according to Lafayette Police Sr. Cpl. Matthew Benoit.

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

The female remained hospitalized and died from her injuries on Oct. 30, according to Benoit.

The Lafayette Police Narcotics Division, in collaboration with the Criminal Investigations Division, began aggressively investigating the incident, according to Benoit.

Through the course of the investigation, toxicology results revealed the female’s cause of death was due to her ingesting drugs laced with fentanyl, which she was unaware of, Benoit said.

Lafayette Police SIU investigators, along with the U.S. Marshalls Violent Offenders Task Force, located and arrested Damien Bernard, 25, of Arnaudville, around 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4., according to Lafayette Police Sr. Cpl Mathew Benoit.

Benoit said investigators were able to determine Bernard allegedly sold the illegal drug to the female.

Bernard was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of second-degree murder, according to Benoit.

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