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Manslaughter charge laid in death of Gavin Adams in Saint John

Charges including manslaughter and criminal negligence have been laid against a Saint John man in connection with the death of a teenager last December.

Richard Gerald James Valiquette, 26, accused of killing Gavin Adams, 17, with bad drugs

Charges including manslaughter and criminal negligence have been laid against a Saint John man in connection with the death of a teenager last December.

Richard Gerald James Valiquette, 26, appeared in court in Saint John this morning.

The charges relate to the death of Gavin Adams, 17.

The Saint John High School student's body was found by a search and rescue crew on Dec. 16 in a parking lot in the city's north end, after a two-day search.

Three days later police issued a warning about a dangerous hallucinogenic drug, known as 25i. The drug is often confused with LSD and can be fatal.

It's an experimental drug that's been finding it's way to the streets for about two years and has been linked to several deaths in the United States. 

Jay Henderson with Saint John Regional Police say it's illegal south of the border, but not yet in Canada.

"This was an extensive investigation in consultation with the Crown's office as well as they medical examiners office," he said. "There's been toxicology reports, we've had to ascertain experts in the field of certain drugs, being 25i. So we've had to locate these experts and since we located these experts, it has now come to the conclusion of criminal charges being laid against Richard Valiquette."

Valiquette is accused of giving Adams a substance not meant for human consumption, court heard.

He's also accused of unlawfully producing, possessing and trafficking N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, and possession of marijuana.

Valiquette is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 6. His case was adjourned until the new year so he could get a lawyer. 

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