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3 face drug charges connected with death of North Carolina man

Following an alleged overdose-related death last year, three people are facing potential jail time for their supposed connection to the case. All three individuals -- a 26-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman -- are North Carolina residents. They are facing drug charges in connection with the death of a 29-year-old man last year who authorities believe overdosed on the painkiller fentanyl.

Following the death of the 29-year-old in April of last year, authorities attempted to trace where the drugs in his system had originated. Their search led them to the aforementioned 26-year-old, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute and involuntary manslaughter. Authorities then traced the drugs back to the other couple, who have since been the subject of some scrutiny by North Carolina anti-drug organizations.

Investigators say they made several purchases of prescription drugs and heroin from the couple in an undercover capacity over the course of several months. The couple owns a tobacco shop in Midland, where authorities say they conducted several of the alleged drug deals. Both the man and the woman have since been arrested. Each is facing a variety of drug charges.

These drug charges will be challenging for North Carolina prosecutors to push forward for a variety of reasons. First, they will have to prove the deceased man overdosed as a direct result of the drugs in his system, and that overdose led directly to his death. Then, they will have to prove the drugs came from the sources they claim. Along the way they will have to prove intent to distribute on the part of the couple as well as the third individual. Defense may wish to carefully review any evidence brought forward to ensure its validity.

Source: myfox8.com, "Three arrested in Stanly County drug overdose death," Joe Borlik, Aug. 6, 2013

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