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A Harrisburg man was charged with providing a fatal dose of heroin mixed with fentanyl to a man who died in Upper Allen Township in September.

Ronald Boardley, 56, has been charged with felony drug delivery resulting following the Sept. 26 death of a man in the 500 block of Independence Avenue, according to court records.

The man was found unconscious at a warehouse with three bags of heroin stamped with the words “public demand” and a straw used to snort the drugs. He was taken to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Upper Allen Township police.

A toxicology report showed the man tested positive for fentanyl, morphine, opiates and benzodiazepines at the time of his death, according to police.

A search of the man’s phone showed he had contacted Boardley in the days leading up to his death, and police said text message indicated Boardley offered to provide the man with drugs.

In one message Boardley wrote “public demand is back,” according to the affidavit.

Police questioned Boardley at his place of work, but Boardley denied selling the man the drugs, police said.

Surveillance video from a gas station showed what police said was Boardley providing the man with drugs about two days before the man’s death, according to the affidavit.

Boardley was arrested Tuesday and released on unsecured bail, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 22 in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin.

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