Huron OPP Police Press Releases

Manslaughter In Huron – 23 Year Old Arrested

(HURON COUNTY, ON) – An investigation conducted by the Huron Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification and Digital Forensic Services, OPP Forensic Interview Team, West Region OPP Regional Support Team, Grey Bruce OPP Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), Grey Bruce OPP Crime Unit, members of the Grey Bruce OPP and Huron OPP Detachments in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and Centre of Forensic Science has culminated in criminal charges against a Kitchener resident.

On March 27th, 2024, members of the Huron OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), charged one person as a result of an opioid overdose, which claimed a life in Central Huron.

On September 13th, 2023, police were called to a residence in Central Huron where a 19-year-old male was found unresponsive and died at the scene. The investigation has revealed that the victim died because of an opioid overdose.

Justin VASEY, now 23-years-old, from Kitchener has been charged with:

–      Manslaughter – contrary to section 236(b) of the Criminal Code (CC); and with

–      Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid (other than heroin) – contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

–      Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

–      Possession of Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused is being held in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Goderich on March 28th, 2024.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.