An Angier man is accused of selling drugs that resulted in the overdose death of another person, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
Jai Mar Puchetta-Everett, 19, of Sunrise Lane, was arrested early Monday on a felony charge of death by distribution.
Deputies were dispatched on Aug. 26 to the home of Arlen Lee Gibler, 44, of Denning Road, Angier after receiving a report of a death at the residence, a Sheriff’s Office release said.
Investigators determined that Gibler apparently died from an overdose of fentanyl that was found inside the home, the release said.
Fentanyl is a powder opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Illegally-manufactured fentanyl is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine to enhance its effect and can result in death, the CDC said.
Harnett County investigators determined that Gibler had bought the illegal narcotics from Puchetta-Everett the day before his death, the release said.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Puchetta-Everett’s home and subsequently found 60 oxycontin pills, nearly 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, about a half-ounce of fentanyl and a Rossi .38-caliber handgun, the release said.
They also discovered that Puchetta-Everett sold illegal narcotics to another person who had to be hospitalized about the same time of Gibler’s death, the release said.
Puchetta-Everett’s bail was set at $345,000.