2 men charged in overdose cases

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Posted 10/12/21

Two men are facing death by distribution charges after they were accused of distributing a drug that killed two others.

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2 men charged in overdose cases

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Two men are facing death by distribution charges after they were accused of distributing a drug that killed two others.

Harnett County deputies found 42-year-old David Wayne Cox dead in a home on Katz Lane in Angier on March 1.

“Detectives quickly identified the cause of death as a drug overdose” and started investigating where the drug came from, according to a release from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. “After a thorough investigation, detectives were able to identify Roger Dale Pearson Jr. as the individual who supplied David Cox with the heroin that ultimately caused his death.”

A Harnett County magistrate issued a warrant for Pearson’s arrest, charging him with death by distribution on March 26. Deputies took Pearson into custody on Friday and found 25 grams of methamphetamine and 28 grams of fentanyl in his possession, according to the HCSO release.

Officers booked Pearson, 34, of Clayhole Road in Coats, into the Harnett County Detention Center under a $361,000 secured bond.

On Aug. 26, deputies responded to a home on Denning Road in Angier to investigate the death of 44-year-old Arlen Lee Gibler.

Detectives determined Gibler “died from an apparent drug overdose” and found fentanyl in the home he occupied, according to another HCSO release. “Further investigation revealed that Arlen Gibler purchased illegal narcotics from Jai Mark Puchetta-Everett at Jai Puchetta-Everett’s home the day prior to his death.”

Deputies searched Puchetta-Everett’s Sunrise Lane home in Angier on Aug. 26 and found approximately 60 doses of oxycodone, 4 grams of cocaine, 70 grams of methamphetamine, 16 grams of fentanyl and a Rossi .38 handgun, according to the release. The 19-year-old was arrested on Aug. 26 and remains in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $345,000 secured bond.

During the investigation, deputies say they also learned illegal narcotics from Puchetta-Everett “caused another individual to be hospitalized.”

A warrant issued Monday charged him with death by distribution. He also faces four counts of trafficking in heroin or opium; one count of trafficking in methamphetamine; two counts of possessing a Schedule II controlled substance with an intent to distribute it; and one count each of meth possession and possessing cocaine and marijuana with an intent to distribute the drugs.

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