Dealer charged for overdose death of man in Columbia

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Victor Nelson Virola

COLUMBIA, Pa — Police are charging a drug dealer for the overdose death of one of his customers. On September 5th, Columbia Police found Kody McKain, deceased in the Turkey Hill convenience store located at 301 Linden Street.

Through an investigation, police identified Victor Nelson Virola, 22, of the 100 block of North Third Street, Columbia, as the person who sold McKain the narcotics that ultimately caused his death.

In early October of 2015, police interviewed Virola. They say he identified McKain as a “customer” of his and admitted to selling McKain heroin on multiple occasions, including directly prior to McKain’s death.

Subsequent to McKain’s death, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy that included a toxicology screen of McKain’s body. McKain’s cause of death was found to be “acute fentanyl toxicity.” Fentanyl is a controlled substance that is a synthetic morphine substitute. Fentanyl is described as being 80 to 200 times more potent than morphine.

Police charged Victor Nelson Virola with one count of Involuntary Manslaughter for his role in the death of Kody McKain. Virola is currently incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison on criminal charges from an unrelated drug investigation. Virola is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of law.