2nd man linked to fentanyl, heroin charges inside HMP for accused murderer Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips, in custody awaiting trial for first-degree murder, is now charged with possession of fentanyl, heroin and marijuana at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in May.

Phillips is charged with possessing drugs inside the penitentiary in May

Brandon Phillips appears at provincial court in St. John's Thursday on charges of possessing fentanyl, heroin and marijuana. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

Accused murderer Brandon Phillips appeared in provincial court in St. John's this morning to face new charges – possession of fentanyl, heroin and marijuana at Her Majesty's Penitentiary on May 26. 

CBC News has learned that it was a small amount of fentanyl and heroin, and that the drugs were combined.

Drugs laced with fentanyl have been known to be lethal.

2nd man charged

Another man, Andrew McFadyen, 29, is charged with trafficking in the drugs.

Phillips's lawyer, Jeff Brace, told the court that while Phillips and McFadyen "are not co-accused, the matters are linked."

McFadyen is facing two counts of trafficking for each of the drugs – heroin, fentanyl and marijuana – on the same date, May 26.

McFadyen has a five-page criminal record with no drug-related offenses, largely breaches of court orders and fraud. 

In December 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for aggravated assault.

Meanwhile, Phillips, 28, is slated to stand trial this November accused of fatally shooting  Larry Wellman, 63, during an alleged armed robbery at the Captain's Quarters hotel in St. John's Oct. 3, 2015.

Police outside of the Captain's Quarters bar in St. John's in October 2015 following shooting of Larry Wellman. (Cecil Haire/CBC)

Phillips is also charged with committing an armed robbery at the same time. 

Last December, he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery and other charges.

Following a brief court appearance Thursday morning, Phillips was returned to the penitentiary. He has been in custody since his arrest in October 2015.

McFadyen also made a brief court appearance today. He is not in custody.

Both men are scheduled to appear in provincial court again on Sept. 22 for the drug charges. 

About the Author

Glenn Payette


A veteran journalist with more than 30 years' experience, Glenn Payette is a videojournalist with CBC News in St. John's.