Memphis-area couple facing charges in drug overdose death case

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2019 | Drug Crimes

Just a few minutes northeast of Memphis is where you’ll find Bartlett. The suburb is home to a couple who were recently arrested on drug-related charges, according to a recent news report.

Law enforcement officials say the couple recently sold an unspecified opioid to a McEwen, Tennessee, woman. The woman later overdoses on the opioids and died. The Humphrey County Sheriff said the drugs were then traced back to the Memphis-area couple.

Though it is not known which opioids the couple is alleged to have sold to the McEwen woman, the most commonly trafficked opioids are fentanyl and heroin.

The Humphreys County Sheriff said that after the drugs were traced back to the Bartlett couple, an undercover officer then arranged to buy more of the substance from the Bartlett woman. They say she delivered $1,000 worth of the illegal narcotic and was then arrested. Her husband was soon arrested as well, a police spokesperson said.

The couple has been charged with second-degree murder, a Channel 3 news report stated.

The same report said that the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office has a special prosecutor whose responsibility is to assist federal officials with opioids-related cases. So far, the special prosecutor has filed drug-trafficking charges against seven individuals. Twelve more cases are either under investigation or charges are pending, Channel 3 reported.

Those facing drug-trafficking charges undoubtedly know full well that they are at risk of spending years behind bars in a state or federal prison if they are convicted. They should decline to speak to investigators or prosecutors until after speaking with a qualified Memphis criminal defense attorney experienced in drug-trafficking defense.