Accused drug dealer arrested in case of fatal overdose

- Longwood Police say Jamie Lin Nelson isn't just a drug pusher, now she's a killer.

Nelson stood before a Seminole County judge Tuesday afternoon. Longwood Police are charging her with murder because they say she sold the drugs to a friend who died of an overdose.

In court, her lawyer said there was no way to know whether the fentanyl-laced heroin the friend overdosed on were drugs that Nelson sold her.

“We don't know, the State doesn't know, and the police don't know whether the drugs the victim bought on that day were the same drugs she used that night, or whether they were drugs she already had and used that night,” he said.

In the end, it didn't matter, though. The judge says Nelson stays in jail, for now. “I will set bond in the amount of 'no bond.'”

Longwood Police Det. Andrew Arciola said the victim's family is pleased with their decision.

“Even though it's been a few months, I think it still hits them pretty close to their heart right now. So I wouldn't say they're excited, but they're happy we're going through with the case.”

With the opioid epidemic sweeping across central Florida, they hope charging Nelson with her friend's death will give people another reason not to push poison.

“Get away from it, it can ruin your life,” Det. Arciola said.

Longwood Police say anyone else selling drugs to someone who dies of an overdose may also be charged with murder.

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