Volusia County woman charged in fentanyl overdose death, sheriff says

Volusia County woman charged in fentanyl overdose death, sheriff says
She is the seventh person that the sheriff’s office has charged with murder or manslaughter in connection with a drug overdose death since 2017, deputies said.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Deltona woman has been charged with manslaughter after a 2019 overdose death, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Kristen Lower, 27, was arrested during a traffic stop Friday and taken to the Volusia County Jail.

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Investigators said Lower provided heroin mixed with fentanyl to 29-year-old Michael Holland, who was pronounced dead inside his Osteen home May 25, 2019.

Detectives said they used text message records and other evidence to determine Lower’s involvement in providing Holland with the drugs that killed him.

During her arrest, Lower was also arrested on new charges of possession of oxycodone, possession of a Schedule II substance and driving with a suspended license, deputies said.

Deputies said Lower posted $25,000 bond on the manslaughter charge and $5,500 on her other charges and was released from the Volusia County Jail on Friday evening.

She is the seventh person that the sheriff’s office has charged with murder or manslaughter in connection with a drug overdose death since 2017, deputies said.