PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of selling methadone to someone who overdosed on the drug and died was arrested.
Jeremy Doiron, of Plaquemine, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Nicholas Leblanc.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said on August 31, Leblanc was found by his roommate dead inside a home on Hymel Street in White Castle. However, the toxicology report just came back showing Leblanc died from an overdose of Methadone and Alprazolam, better known as Xanax.
"These drugs were prescription drugs purchased from Jeremy Doiron at that time and brought home, and this drug was in his system and led to his demise," said Sheriff Stassi.
Doiron's arrest report said that "Leblanc purchased 30 Methadone pills from Mr. Doiron." It went on to say Leblanc and his roommate stopped at a store to "retrieve $200 from the ATM machine," and that "Leblanc began consuming the Methadone pills immediately after purchasing them."
"There's been a provision added, right on point, that if it can be proven that you sold a drug that led to the death, you can be charged with second-degree murder," said Sheriff Stassi.
More proof for detectives was that Leblanc did not have any prescriptions for Methadone or any other medicine that had been filled in the months leading up to his death. But according to the warrant, "Jeremy Doiron had several prescriptions for Methadone that had been recently filled."
In fact, Sheriff Stassi said when deputies went to arrest Doiron Wednesday morning, he was already in court on an unrelated charge.
"He is a historic trouble maker. He's a reported sex offender. He's well known inside this building," said Sheriff Stassi.
Sheriff Stassi wants this case to send a strong message to anyone else dealing pills or drugs in the parish.
"If we can prove that your selling of these drugs led to somebody's death, this will be your fate in Iberville Parish," said Sheriff Stassi.
The street value of the 30 Methadone pills is about $150.