Lake Park man is accused in 2 overdose cases

A Lake Park man is accused of dealing heroin from his residence and has been linked to a pair of recent drug overdose cases, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Christopher Douglas Ferrell, 22, was arrested Friday. Deputies said a drug operation was run across the street from an after-school day care program.

The arrest took place while children were beginning to make the rounds for trick-or-treating in the mostly residential community in western Union County. Deputies used patrol cars with blue lights flashing and the town’s website to alert parents to keep children away from the area.

Deputies said the arrest followed an investigation into drug dealing at Ferrell’s residence in the 6800 block of Creft Circle. That is across the street from Dee Dee’s After School Care, deputies said.

Deputies said they found heroin, digital scales, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in the house.

Investigators said they believe Ferrell sold heroin to a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old who recently overdosed. The 19-year-old was arrested Oct. 20 for driving while impaired and hit-and-run in the 3900 block of Sages Avenue in Lake Park, deputies said. The 20-year-old was found partially coherent outside his vehicle on Oct. 29 in Lake Park, authorities said.

Ferrell was charged with four counts of intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin; three counts of sale and delivery of heroin; three counts of sale of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school or day care; felony possession of heroin; felony maintaining a dwelling to sell or store controlled substances; possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin within 1,000 feet of a school or day care; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was jailed under $75,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Dec. 9.