ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Carter County man was arrested after an investigation linked him to the overdose death of a juvenile in 2022.
According to a Carter County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) release, Jessie Calvin Felts II, 20, of Elizabethton, was arrested on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and the sale of Schedule II drugs.
An investigation began on December 6, 2022, when CCSO officers responded to a call of a 16-year-old who was found unresponsive by a family member, the release states. When officers arrived at the home, they reportedly found the juvenile deceased from an apparent drug overdose and found a prescription opioid medication.
An autopsy later revealed that the juvenile died due to fentanyl intoxication.
“This has been a very extensive investigation using traditional methods as well as digital forensics,” Carter County Sheriff Mike Fraley said. “I would like to commend my officers for their diligence and tireless efforts in investigating the death of this child.”
The investigation revealed that Felts allegedly sold the counterfeit narcotics to the juvenile which led to their death, the release stated. Fraley told News Channel 11 that the juvenile’s death is a first for the county.
“There have been some other overdose cases,” Fraley said. “But this one’s the first that pops up, you see a 16-year-old dying from a drug overdose.”
Fraley said Felts and the juvenile were casual acquaintances and that Felts may have sold drugs to others.
“This person in custody,” Fraley said. “We can show that he has dealt with more than just this 16-year-old.”
Fraley said he has not been in contact with the juvenile’s family after Felts’ arrest as the investigation continues. Further charges may be pending, Fraley said, depending on the outcome of other leads.
“I want to go on the record to say that if you’re dealing drugs, we might not get you today, but it’s coming,” Fraley said. “But it’s coming. Look out.”
On Wednesday, May 11, Felts was arrested after a traffic stop. During the stop, officers reportedly found a baggie containing more than 100 counterfeit opioid pills like the ones found at the overdose scene of the juvenile. Felts was also in possession of $800 in cash.
News Channel 11 is speaking with Carter County Sheriff Mike Fraley and will update this story as more details become available.