A Tunkhannock woman was charged Friday morning by Wyoming County Chief Detective David A. Ide with drug delivery resulting in death.
Angelina Jay Tatem, 38, of Maple Avenue, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith for her arraignment.
According to a criminal complaint, Tatem furnished fentanyl, a controlled substance, to Samantha Delesky, 20, who subsequently ingested the controlled substance which resulted in her death on Oct. 8, at her apartment in Mehoopany Township.
Meshoppen police were involved when the victim’s boyfriend was unable to reach Delesky and did a welfare check.
A connection was made to Tatem, whom Detective Ide had previously arrested, and Ide said she gave a statement relative to the incident on Oct. 8.
According to the complaint, Tatem spelled out a network of three drug runners near the Blackman Street area of Wilkes-Barre.
She acknowledged one of the runners had sold her three to four bricks of heroin (approximately 200 packets) between April and November.
The complaint said that Tunkhannock Borough police conducted a search of Tatem’s home for cellphones and any other evidence relative to the incident and she made voluntary utterances implicating herself in the sale of the controlled substance “that killed her.”
In addition to the drug delivery resulting in death charge, Detective Ide also charged Tate with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, possession of drug paraphernalia, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal use of a communication facility.
Judge Smith set bail at $500,000, and Tatem remains in jail.
Her preliminary hearing before Judge Smith has been set for Jan. 10.