Involuntary manslaughter is charged

I first want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family. Although nothing will ease the pain of losing a loved one, we hope this will bring them some much-needed peace and closure. They lost a loved one because of this poison and they are really hurting. I would ask that everyone respect their privacy during this difficult time.” - Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds

UPDATE - Manslaughter Charge Alleges Providing Fentanyl

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - WLBG on-line

 

The death, earlier this year, of someone who had taken the drug, Fentanyl, is cited in the arrest of a man yesterday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. 27-year-old Quinton Lashawn Watts of 214 Lurey Street, Laurens is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for allegedly providing the drug on May 8th. 

The Involuntary Manslaughter warrant accuses Watts of criminal negligence and a reckless disregard for the safety of others by distributing, dispensing or delivering a substance containing Fentanyl to Dan Bailey Gillespie, which ultimately contributed to the death of Mr. Gillespie.

Watts is also charged with three counts of Distributing a Schedule II Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Fentanyl to confidential informants working undercover with the Laurens County Sheriff’s office. These drug sales allegedly occurred September 14th, September 19th and October 3rd. 

Another warrant charges Watts with Distribution in Proximity for the September 19th sale, citing it was within a half mile of Ford Elementary school.

Quinton Lashawn Watts was being held overnight, awaiting a bond hearing on the five charges.

 

More on Fentanyl Death Investigation

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Yesterday, WLBG reported on the Monday arrest of a man who was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter from the death of another person this year. 27-year-old Quinton Lashawn Watts of 214 Lurey Street, Laurens was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for allegedly providing Fentanyl on May 8th that resulted in the death of a victim. Watts was also charged with distributing Fentanyl in undercover operations of the Sheriff’s Office on three dates in September and October.

A Sheriff’s statement released yesterday said a Narcotic Unit began investigating the death of an individual on Warrior Creek Church Road. After investigators learned the victim had died from fentanyl poisoning, they began working to determine where the victim obtained the pills. The sheriff said that during this investigation, the Narcotics Unit made several undercover drug buys from Quinton Lashawn Watts, in which Watts allegedly sold various quantities of pills that contained fentanyl.

In the investigation, officers reported obtaining evidence which linked Mr. Watts to the victim’s death.

Investigators reportedly executed three search warrants on properties associated with Mr. Watts, seizing numerous firearms, a quantity of marijuana, two motorcycles, and various other items of evidentiary value.

Sheriff Don Reynolds said, “I first want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family. Although nothing will ease the pain of losing a loved one, we hope this will bring them some much-needed peace and closure. They lost a loved one because of this poison and they are really hurting. I would ask that everyone respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

The Sheriff added, “These types of cases are extremely difficult to investigate, as well as prosecute, but fortunately we were able to obtain substantial evidence against Mr. Watts and hold him accountable for selling this poison in our community. I’m proud of our investigative team for the work they’ve done, and I’ll continue my commitment to rid this county of anyone selling such poison.”

 

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