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Elizabethtown Drug Death in January Gets Man Charged

Derrick Lee Brennan

Elizabethown police have charged a 37-year-old New Providence man with drug delivery resulting in death 11 months after a man was found dead from a drug overdose.

Derrick Lee Brennan was charged by Elizabethtown police on Monday, Dec. 17. The charge is a first-degree felony.

Police said in a news release that they were called to the 700 block of North Market Street (near the intersection with Spring Garden Street) on Jan. 20 and found the victim deceased. A toxicology report said opiates were found in his system and he was found to have died of a drug overdose.

Police said they verified that Brennan was in contact with the victim before he died and that he was in the Elizabethtown area at the suspected time of the delivery. Other interviews confirmed thatBrennan was selling heroin to the victim, police said.

Brennan is jailed on unrelated drug charges filed by state police at Avondale for events on Dec. 10 in East Lampeter Township. He is charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, which is a felony, and one count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor.

Lancaster attorney Christopher P. Lyden was appointed by a court to represent Brennan for his earlier drug charges in East Lampeter Township. The Advocate contacted Lyden for comment, but got no response by press time.

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