Alleged drug dealer charged with murder in overdose death of Wekiva man

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — An alleged drug dealer has been arrested and charged with murder in the overdose death of a Wekiva man.

This is the third such dealer charged with murder in the last couple of months.

There have been at least 30 drug dealers to be charged with murder since the law changed a few years ago.

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Most people have pleaded to lesser charges to avoid life in prison. A lot of the cases are being solved through the victim’s cellphones.

Akeef Garrett is the latest alleged drug dealer to be hit with a murder charge.

Investigators with the Seminole County sheriff were able to determine Garrett sold the deadly dose of fentanyl to Nicholas Huska, who had a history of heroin use.

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So far, there has been a 40% increase in overdose and deaths since last year.

State attorney Phil Archer said they want those dealers to know that selling dangerous drugs carries the consequence of potentially spending the rest of their lives in jail.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.