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Police: Covington man booked with murder for selling deadly synthetic drugs to teens

Jarbari Pea, 22 (Source: Covington Police) Jarbari Pea, 22 (Source: Covington Police)
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

Covington police booked a 22-year-old man for his role in the death of a teenager who was smoking synthetic marijuana.

Alexander Shelby, 17, was found unresponsive on March 13 at the Columbia Street Landing. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Officers launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the victim's death. He and another teenager had smoked a synthetic cannabinoid while at the Landing, according to Chief Tim Lentz.

A small amount of the drug, determined to be MDMB-CHMICA, a schedule 1 narcotic, was discovered at the scene.

Investigators learned Jabari Pea, 22, allegedly sold the deadly dose of drugs to the two teenagers.

Lentz said it was the first time Shelby tried the drug.

On April 7, the coroner's office ruled the cause of death of Shelby the result of synthetic cannabinoid toxicity. It was ruled an accidental death.

Under Louisiana law, when an offender sells drugs that lead to the death of a drug user, they can be charged with murder.

Police allege Pea sold the drugs to Shelby that led to his death.

Pea was charged with second-degree murder and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Friday.

If convicted, he faces life in prison without the opportunity of parole.

His bond was set at $200,000.

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