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Published on February 28, 2024
Santa Rosa Man Charged with Manslaughter in Connection to Fentanyl-Related Death in NovatoSource: Google Street View

A Santa Rosa man is facing a manslaughter charge after allegedly providing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose of two women, one of whom tragically died. Callen Scheffler, the suspected dealer, was charged following an intense investigation into the August 2023 incident, which culminated in the women being dropped off at Novato Community Hospital.

Law enforcement officials were summoned after the two victims were delivered to the emergency room, where one woman was pronounced dead, and the second was placed in a medically induced coma, surviving the harrowing ordeal. Later on, found in a parking lot nearby, Scheffler told Novato Police that he was responsible for transporting the victims to the hospital.

Originally arrested on unrelated drug charges and an outstanding warrant, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office stated that subsequent investigation traced the fentanyl back to Scheffler. An arrest warrant was secured, and he was apprehended at his Santa Rosa home on February 23.

"Scheffler was booked into the Marin County Jail for 192(b) PC Involuntary Manslaughter and 11352(a) H&S Transport/Sales of Narcotics," according to the official press release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office. Despite the serious nature of the allegations, he was later able to post bail for the charges.

The efforts of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Novato Police Department remain firmly directed at bringing justice in such cases while concurrently working to protect the community from the scourge of fentanyl and other narcotics. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family," expressed the agencies in their concerted message, signaling an undiminished resolve in the face of a growing opioid epidemic.