Newville man charged in 3 heroin-related deaths

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Newville man has been charged in the drug-related deaths of three people.

Corey Palson
Corey Palson

Corey Palson, 25, sold heroin that resulted in the overdose deaths of 20-year-olds Michael Sullivan and Lorraine Avery, Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed said Thursday.

Sullivan and Avery died in May.

“Her 3½-year-old daughter found her,” Avery’s mother, Mayling Bittner, said. “She was screaming and crying.”

Palson’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Nicole Tubbs, died from a car accident June 6 on the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township. Authorities said she was high on heroin when she crashed.

Her mother said Tubbs loved her job working in a group home for mentally challenged adults.

“The mother of one of the patients came to me at the funeral and said how good care Nicole took of her son,” Deborah Tubbs said.

Authorities said Palson was moving up to 1,300 bags of heroin into Cumberland County a couple of times a week; a strong form of heroin known as MOB. He’s charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of drug delivery resulting in death.

Jesse Blais
Jesse Blais

Police also arrested one of his alleged dealers, 28-year-old Jesse Blais of Carlisle, and charged him with drug delivery resulting in death and related crimes.

“We need to treat those users, treat the addicts, and lock up these dealers and file charges like this, do investigations like this, so they’re not going to do this kind of business,” Freed said.

“Nicole never did anything like that before; never, ever,” Deborah Tubbs said. “If it wouldn’t have been for him and his drugs, she would’ve never gotten into this and she would be alive with me today.”

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