North Bay man charged with manslaughter for drug overdose deaths

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Two Marin County residents overdosed on illegal drugs, including fentanyl, after they were given drugs at a party. At the same party, two people also overdosed but survived. 

According to Novato Police Department, the man who supplied the narcotics is Lucas Novick, 26, of San Rafael. He has been arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

Two men, 29 and 68-year-old, were found dead in residence on Cambridge Street in Novato on August 16, around 1:45 p.m. 

The county coroner says it was a drug overdose and determined Novick had been at their residence the night before. 

According to the Nixle alert, “Novick said he performed CPR that night but eventually left both men inside the residence,” the alert stated. “When he returned the following day, he discovered they were both deceased. Between statements and evidence found at the scene, it appeared Novick had a larger role in this case.”

“Larger role” refers to Novick giving narcotics to party attendees at a separate gathering the day prior. 

“During that party, two attendees also overdosed as a result, but fortunately survived,” the alert stated. “On Monday, December 12, 2022, Lucas Novick was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail for two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and two counts of Furnishing Narcotics.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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