Months ago, a man in Florida died of a fentanyl overdose. Now, two people face first-degree murder charges for selling drugs that caused his death.
Brenna Powers and Jesse Carlisle were charged after authorities determined they sold the drugs to the victim.
In August 2020, Narcotics detectives at Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Clearwater to investigate the death of a man, whose name was not released.
Detectives found an unidentified white powder and a used syringe near the victim at the victim’s residence. The white powder was submitted for testing and was positive for fentanyl and tramadol, according to police.
The detectives discovered the victim bought the drugs before his death. After further investigation into the fentanyl purchase, detectives determined that 36-year-old Powers and 38-year-old Carlisle were the suspects who sold fentanyl to the victim, which resulted in the victim’s overdose death.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is often mixed with other drugs to enhance the effects.
A Pinellas County Grand Jury issued indictments against Powers and Carlisle last week.
Carlisle was already in the Pinellas County Jail on multiple drug charges, so the murder count will be added to his current charges. Powers was arrested on Friday. Both are being held without bond.