10 Jul Three indicted after fentanyl-laced heroin overdose
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced a multi-agency drug sting that resulted in the indictments of three Middle Tennessee men after a string of heroin overdoses in 2018.
In September 2018, authorities began investigating overdoses across the region after overdoses caused by fentanyl-laced heroin, where at least one was fatal, killing a 31-year-old Murfreesboro man. On July 2, the Rutherford County Grand Jury indicted Lacorious Tyquez Fuller, 26, of Nashville; Matthew H. James, 29, of Murfreesboro; and Brian L. Ayers, 47, of La Vergne.
All three men face charges of possession of heroin in a drug-free school zone. Fuller and James face charges of second-degree murder. Additionally, James was indicted on charges of the manufacturing, delivery, sale or possession of heroin and fentanyl.
Fuller was previously charged in Rutherford County in February with having heroin in a drug-free zone. In Davidson County, he has been arrested three times since 2011 on drug charges. He was released from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $200,000 bond Monday, jail spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni said.
Marchesoni said Ayers was being held on a $125,000 bond and James is being held without bond until his source hearing.
The three men are due in Circuit Court Judge David Bragg’s courtroom on July 29 for their arraignments, court records say.
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All three men have previous drug arrests
All three men have been arrested on drug charges before, court records show.
Fuller has been arrested three times since 2011 on drug charges in Davidson County. He pleaded guilty in May 2012 to having drug paraphernalia and drugs and paid $400 in court fines. Later that year in December, he was arrested again on a drug charge and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of supervised probation.
James faced Schedule II drug charges in 2011 in Rutherford County, but took a diversion plea where he paid $750 and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of supervised probation.
Ayers was arrested in May 2013 in Davidson County and charged with drug possession and drug paraphernalia. Charges were dismissed and he was ordered to pay $144 in court fines.
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