ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputies arrested two individuals wanted for the overdose death of a Slidell woman. Shantell Jackson, 23, died on Oct. 16 from an apparent heroin overdose.
Police say subsections of the law which allowed for the prosecution of the individuals who sold or provided narcotics that led the death of a human being, resulted in second degree murder charges for the two individuals.
Detectives were notified last week of the toxicology results on Jackson which showed that her cause of death was heroin toxicity.
Investigators determined that 25-year-old Warren Brown, identified as Jackson's boyfriend, bought the heroin that resulted in her death. Detectives also identified 39-year-old Oren Bowens as the drug dealer who sold the heroin to Brown. They learned that both Brown and Jackson used the heroin prior to Jackson's overdose.
Police obtained arrest warrants for both Bowens and Brown
Brown was already in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a probation violation. He was re-booked for one count of second-degree murder. Bowens was taken into custody Thursday and charged with second-degree murder. Police located drugs in his home after executing a search warrant. He was also charged with possession of schedule III CDS and possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS (heroin).
"Although these cases are very difficult to make, our detectives have worked hard to bring the individuals responsible for Shantell Jackson's death to justice," said Sheriff Randy Smith. "These arrests send a strong message that we will aggressively go after drug dealers who choose to do business and distribute these deadly drugs in our parish."