Worcester man who killed woman with fentanyl-mix he passed off as cocaine charged with manslaughter

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WORCESTER — A Worcester man who is alleged to have caused the death of a woman last March by dealing her a fentanyl-mix that he passed off as “cocaine,” has been charged with manslaughter.

According to a release from the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Delacruz, 31, was arrested by Worcester police detectives Friday. He was charged with manslaughter and distribution of a Class A substance.

According to the release, Worcester police detectives and prosecutors from the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office worked in collaboration to bring charges against Delacruz, whom they believe sold drugs to a 36-year-old woman who was found dead at 6A Stowell Avenue following an apparent drug overdose last March.

“Investigators learned the woman ingested what she believed to be cocaine shortly before she became unresponsive,” said the release for the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.

An autopsy from the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of the woman’s death was fentanyl intoxication.

The so-called “cocaine” she purchased was anything but. It was actually a mix of fentanyl, para-fluorofentanyl and the animal tranquilizer, xylazine.

Delacruz’s arraignment is scheduled to take place in Worcester District Court on Tuesday.

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