BELO – West Virginia State Police (WVSP) have charged a young Mingo County man with murder after a fatal heroin overdose that happened at Belo, W.Va. on Thursday afternoon.
Daniel Dotson, 23, of Delbarton, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wayne Adkins, 39, of Belo, TFC J.D. Matheny said.
Another unidentified man also overdosed at the home and is in critical condition in ICU at a local hospital.
Trooper Matheny of the Williamson detachment of the State Police said they responded to a 911 call Thursday around 1:30 p.m. WVSP went to the Adkins’ residence in Belo after EMS was notified about a possible heroin overdose. When the State Police arrived, Adkins was found dead.
“We had a witness who saw the transaction of heroin from Dotson to Adkins,” Trooper Matheny said. “They watched him (Adkins) collapse on the floor.”
Matheny said Dotson and another man carried Adkins and placed him on a bed. Adkins body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy and toxicology screening.
TFC Matheny says that there has been “an epidemic in the last couple of months with heroin being laced with Fentanyl.” This is very dangerous and even inhaling the heroin that is mixed with the other drug can be serious, the trooper warned.
“There were more than 100 overdose cases in Ohio from this type of heroin,” Matheny stated. It is suspected that the heroin that allegedly caused the overdose death may have come from Ohio.
The witnesses told law enforcement officers that a heroin transaction occurred between Dotson and the victim and Adkins apparently died from heroin that was supplied by Dotson, the police report states.
Dotson is being held at the Southwestern Regional Jail and no bond amount was listed.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)