On May 21, 2021, 28-year-old Johntavis Matlock of Evansville was arrested in connection to the overdose death of a Henderson County, Kentucky woman.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Southern District of Indiana Attorney's Office, Matlock was arrested on charges related to his alleged distribution of controlled substances to the woman, who was found dead at a home in Reed, Kentucky, in February 2021.
Court documents show the string of events began in December 2020, when Henderson County Sheriff's Office Deputies, in addition to officers from the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, responded to a home for the suspected heroin overdose of a 28-year-old woman named Lindsey Wiley.
As a result of that event, Wiley was taken to the hospital and later spoke with officers, who say they learned she had overdosed on heroin obtained from a "guy in Evansville."
In February 2021, officers again responded to Wiley's home for an overdose and found her dead when they got there.
Evidence collected by investigators determined that Wiley had traveled to Evansville the night before her death, returned home, went to her room, and never left before her body was discovered.
Investigators discovered Wiley made several monetary transactions and had conversations about illegal drug purchases with a 28-year-old Evansville man named Johntavis Matlock.
Matlock has been charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Distribution of a Controlled Substance Causing Death.
"I think it's important that anybody that has a loved one that they suspect may be utilizing drugs, to send them the valuable message that they don't know what they're getting," said DEA assistant special agent in charge Michael Gannon. "And these people that are distributing these pills throughout the country - they're not chemistry majors, they don't know the control or quality of a dosage unit."
If convicted, Matlock faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years, and up to a maximum term of life in prison, at least five years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.
Matlock made his first appearance in court on May 24. He's scheduled for a detention and probable cause hearing at 2:30 p.m. on May 27 in Evansville.