ROCKLAND — A Rockland man is scheduled to appear in court next month on a charge that he trafficked the deadly drug fentanyl.

And a police report filed with the court states that the person he provided the fentanyl to died later that day.

Roger J. Turner, 41, was charged by the Maine Attorney General’s Office with Class B unlawful trafficking in drugs. The criminal complaint was filed Aug. 15 in the Knox County Court. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Turner was also charged Sept. 21 by the AG’s Office with violating a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with the Knox County court, Thomaston police responded Aug. 7 to the death of 46-year-old Nile Recchia at his Main Street apartment in Thomaston. A white substance was located near his body which later was confirmed to be fentanyl, according to police.

The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death as “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of ethanol and fentanyl.”

The MDEA agent reported that a check of the the victim’s phone found Facebook Messenger messages which make reference to a transaction being arranged earlier on the morning of Aug. 7.

Witnesses said that Turner was the drug supplier for Recchia.

The affidavit further states that when MDEA interviewed Turner, he admitted to selling drugs to Recchia. He told the MDEA agent that he suspected it was fentanyl but could never tell for sure whether the drugs were heroin or fentanyl. Turner told the MDEA agent that he had struggled for a long time with addiction.

Turner consented to a search of the residence and fentanyl was found, according to the affidavit.