Official City of Worcester Seal Image

Worcester Police Department

WPD Press Releases Image

Worcester Man Charged with Manslaughter in Connection with Overdose Death of Woman

For Immediate Release: 9/5/2022 11:51 am

A Worcester man is facing charges of manslaughter and distribution of a class A substance in connection with the March 2022 overdose death of a 36-year-old woman, according to Joseph D. Early Jr., Worcester County District Attorney's Office.
The charges against Jonathan Delacruz, 31, were filed in Worcester District Court Friday. He is accused of selling the drugs that caused the overdose and her death.
Worcester police detectives and prosecutors from the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office worked in collaboration to bring charges forward against Delacruz.
“This arrest is the result of the hard work and dedication of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and our Detective Bureau’” said Chief Steve Sargent. “Their diligence in this case potentially saved lives that could have been lost due to these dangerous drugs.” “Reducing the number of overdoses in our City is a top priority and this is an example of our strong commitment to turn the tide on this public health crisis,” added Chief Sargent.
Delacruz was arrested by Worcester police detectives Friday. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court on Tuesday.
On March 18, 2022, Worcester police officers responded to 6A Stowell Ave. for a report of an unresponsive female. The woman was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators learned the woman ingested what she believed to be cocaine shortly before she became unresponsive.
An autopsy conducted by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the woman died from fentanyl intoxication. A toxicology report showed fentanyl, para-fluorofentanyl and the animal tranquilizer, xylazine, were detected in the woman’s system. Cocaine was not detected.

City of Worcester
Worcester 311
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 311
Contact Us
Services Tour

Facebook, X, YouTube and Instagram Icons
ALERTWorcester Logo
City of Worcester Seal Image Worcester Public Schools Seal Image Worcester Public Library Logo
Home | Login | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Site Map

© 2024 Copyright City of Worcester, MA. All Rights Reserved.

Official City of Worcester, MA Website