JONESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Four people are facing charges for two separate heroin overdose deaths in Lebanon County.
Edwin Mowrer, 41, of East Earl, and Jose Gonzalez, 45, are accused of selling heroin that led to Robert Marshall’s death in August 2015, state police in Jonestown said Tuesday.
Detectives also claim 22-year-old Molly Mavretic of Annville and 19-year-old Junior Estevez of Lebanon sold heroin laced with fentanyl to Dylan Yiengst before he died in January.
“It’s not a secret we’re really in the midst of a crisis with regards to heroin overdoses and death,” Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said. “Fentanyl is a main contributor of that.”
Investigators said the four suspects range from high-level dealers to some who were new to the game.
“It’s important to get anyone off the street that’s dealing drugs,” state police Trooper Norbert Brennan said.
Arnold said prosecutors can’t arrest their way out of the heroin crisis, but he added authorities have put more of an emphasis on investigating overdose deaths.
“I’d like to think this sends a message to drug dealers, that you are responsible for the drugs you sell to people,” he said. “If it happens to kill the people who use the drugs, we’re going to find you and we’re going to prosecute you.”
The four are charged with counts of drug delivery resulting in death and could face more than 40 years in prison. Arnold said it’s possible they could face additional charges for other overdose deaths.