An Iberville Parish man accused of selling prescription narcotics to a man who later died of an overdose was arrested Wednesday on one count of second-degree murder.
Jeremy Doiron, 30, 32620 Gracie Lane, Plaquemine, sold methadone to Nicholas LeBlanc, who was found dead in a vehicle in White Castle on Aug. 31, said Major Ronnie Hebert, of the Sheriff’s Office.
Toxicology results showed that LeBlanc had toxic levels of methadone — a prescription narcotic — as well as the anti-anxiety medication Xanax in his system, Herbert said.
Investigators were able to determine that Doiron, who Hebert said had a prescription for methadone, sold LeBlanc the drugs that caused his death, Hebert said. Methadone is a pain reliever and is also regularly used to treat addictions to other narcotics.
Louisiana law allows authorities to charge drug dealers with second-degree murder in drug overdose deaths. Though Hebert said he believed this was the first time authorities in Iberville Parish have accused someone of murder in a drug overdose death, prosecutors elsewhere in the state have brought murder charges in similar cases, including in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Deputies arrested Doiron at the parish courthouse in Plaquemine, where he was appearing in court Wednesday on an unrelated DWI charge, Hebert said.
“We were getting the warrant signed and were fixing to go to his residence to locate him,” Hebert said. “Lo and behold, he was in the courtroom, facing a charge he’d picked up prior to this date.”
Doiron was booked into parish jail Wednesday, Hebert said. Bail had not yet been set.