2 Fort Drum soldiers charged in connection with woman’s overdose death

2 Fort Drum soldiers charged in connection with woman’s overdose death
Overdose deaths (Source: MGN)

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two Fort Drum soldiers have been charged in connection with the drug overdose death of a woman at a New York City music festival.

The men identified as 25 year old Specialist Lagaria Slaughter and 22 year old Private First Class Tanner Howell.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Slaughter and Howell sold a woman the drug MDMA, which is commonly called Ecstasy or Molly, on September 1, 2018 at the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island.

According to court documents, the woman paid $560 for 57 capsules of Molly. She overdosed later that day and died two days later, the papers said.

The complaint also said Slaughter worked with others to sell Molly and LSD to customers on and off Fort Drum from May 2018 to March 2019.

According to the documents, on April 24, 2019, law enforcement searched Slaughter's barracks and found approximately 10 capsules of Molly, 55 doses of LSD, and drug packaging materials. Text messages recovered from Slaughter’s cellphone show he offered to sell hundreds of capsules of Molly to other service members on post, the complaint said.

Slaughter and Howell were arrested Tuesday.

Slaughter is charged with one count of conspiring to distribute Molly and LSD, and one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute Molly. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Howell is charged with one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute Molly, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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