Drug Dealer Arrested After Fatal Overdose

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. - An alleged drug dealer has been arrested by the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office following a fatal heroin overdose.

Reports stated 30-year-old Perry Chad Judkins, of Chapmansboro, collapsed after taking suspected heroin at his home on Balthrop Road.

Authorities said attempts to revive Judkins were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at Tristar Ashland City Medical Center.

Four reported drug overdoses happened in Cheatham County on Saturday, including Judkins’ death.

Evidence gathered by investigators led them to 39-year-old Christopher Stefko, who had allegedly traveled from Nashville to Cheatham County to sell Judkins heroin.

Undercover investigators set up another heroin deal and met with Stefko in Cheatham County to complete the transaction.

He was immediately arrested and booked into the Cheatham County Jail, charged with second degree murder, manufacturing/sale and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Zachary Oden, a passenger with Stefko, was also found in possession of heroin and had outstanding warrants in Nashville.

Officials said they’re investigating whether other overdoses may be connected to Stefko.

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