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Police investigating sudden death in Picton

UPDATE: A third individual has been charged in connection with the sudden death investigation in Picton.

On Thursday, July 2 shortly before 5 a.m., officers with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a sudden death at a home on Mary Street in Picton.

Members of the Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service were already on the scene and a 47-year-old female had been pronounced as deceased. She has been identified as Leanne Champion, of Picton.

A post mortem examination has been performed, but further testing will be conducted by Ontario Forensic Pathology Services and Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario.

As a result of the ongoing investigation a search warrant was executed with the assistance of the Belleville Police Service and two individuals have been arrested and charged.

A 40-year-old Belleville woman has been charged with trafficking in a Schedule 1 substance. The accused has been remanded in custody until an appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville July 6.

A 31-year-old Belleville resident has also been charged with trafficking in a Schedule 1 substance, and with Fail to comply with a Probation Order. The accused has been remanded in custody until an appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on July 7.

A 36-year-old Quinte West resident was charged July 3 with with Trafficking in a Schedule 1 substance. The accused has been remanded in custody until an appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on July 6.

The investigation continues with members of the Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit, Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), and East Region Forensic Identification Services (FIS) Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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