The mother of Ryan Good, a 21-year-old man who died more than a year ago in Eastern Passage after a drug overdose, is welcoming news that a charge of trafficking hydromorphone has been laid against his aunt.
Trine Lise Good has pushed for a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding her son's December 2012 death. He took a lethal combination of cocaine and the prescription drug Dilaudid.
Good called the criminal charge against her sister-in-law — Leah Bordage, who also goes by the name Leah Good — both "bittersweet" and "exciting."
"Finally, what I've been fighting for, it's here," Trine Good said Wednesday. "The day has come that I'm not just this parent that's out there seeking revenge and trying to find someone to blame for my son's death."
She said her son worked three jobs and wasn't a drug addict.
"He would give you the shirt off his back, he would give you his last penny," she said. "He would do anything for you. One of the kindest young men I know."
Good said she'd spoken with her son about using cocaine and marijuana, but had no idea people were abusing prescription drugs.
"I think I've been very forthcoming from day one telling Ryan's story, that he's partly to blame," she said.
"He was 21 and he took the drug willingly and I believe that, I know that. But someone else was there that provided the drug — and that's illegal."
Ryan Good was pronounced dead at Dartmouth General Hospital in December 2012.
A short time later, the medical examiner’s office asked the RCMP to interview Bordage, 44, the last person to see Good alive. An investigation was then conducted and no charges were laid.
Police closed the investigation in February 2013, but opened it again in August after Trine Good filed a complaint with the RCMP.
Following an investigation into the complaint, and consultation with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the Mounties found there was enough evidence to lay a criminal charge against Bordage.
"We take the issue of drug trafficking very seriously," said Insp. Trish MacCormack, with the RCMP/HRP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. "We hope today's charge provides some closure for Mr. Good's family."
Bordage is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court May 7.