ERIE, Pa. (AP) — An inmate at a northwestern Pennsylvania county prison has been charged with providing the drugs that led to the fatal overdose of a fellow inmate last month.
The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1oIdY6j ) reports 48-year-old Nathan Howard, of Tacoma, Washington, was charged Monday with drug delivery resulting in the death of 35-year-old Steven Burkhart.
Burkhart, of Erie, was also an inmate at the Erie County Prison when he overdosed on May 2 and died three days later. The county coroner determined Burkhart died from a toxic mix of heroin and fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller.
Authorities believe Howard sneaked the drugs into the prison in a body cavity when he was jailed in late April on drug charges.
Howard doesn't have an attorney. Authorities believe drugs he provided led to two non-fatal inmate overdoses before Burkhart's death.
Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com