Three arrested after investigation into Rutherford County overdose death involving fentanyl-laced heroin

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 16:27:32-04

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A joint investigation into overdose deaths involving fentanyl-laced heroin has led to three arrests.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), officers began investigating a series of overdoses from fentanyl-laced heroin throughout Middle Tennessee. One such overdose caused the death of Murfreesboro man Justin Brent.

Over the course of the investigation, agents and detectives were able to identify the members of the distribution organization of the supply of heroin and fentanyl.

Lacorious Fuller of Nashville was charged with second degree murder and possession of a Schedule I drug in a drug-free school zone. He was served the charges while at Rutherford County jail on a prior arrest.

Matthew James of Murfreesboro was arrested on Tuesday for second degree murder; possession of a Schedule I drug in a drug-free school zone; manufacturing, delivery, sale or possession of a Schedule I drug and a Schedule II drug. Brian Ayers of La Vergne was also arrested on Tuesday for possession of a Schedule I drug in a drug-free school zone. Both were booked into the Rutherford County jail.

The investigation that led to these charges was conducted by the TBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, Murfreesboro Police Department and Metro Nashville Police Department.

Fentanyl-laced drugs and overdoses is an increasing problem throughout Tennessee that has prompted response and extra safety protocols from law enforcement.