CATOOSA, Okla. –Catoosa Police are investigating the death of 24-year-old Gavin Long from a suspected drug overdose in his car.
Officers said the man who handed him the drugs saw he needed medical attention but did nothing to help him and left him to die.
Catoosa Police Chief Ronnie Benight called the crime “heartless.”
Police arrested Garland Williams, 25, after they said they found 11 grams of fentanyl in her car, double the amount considered aggravated trafficking in Oklahoma.
“We think he was a major dealer,” Benight said. “It was definitely not for personal use, and it was definitely providing fentanyl to the community.”
Catoosa Police officers executed a search warrant for Williams after finding Long’s body. He died of a suspected fentanyl overdose in the driver’s seat of his car in a Catoosa Hills business parking lot. Officers discovered her body around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 31.
They said they also found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car with Long.
After checking CCTV, police say Williams sold drugs to Long. The footage also revealed that Williams knew Long needed medical attention but did nothing.
“He went to check [Long] and saw that he was in distress. That he was still alive, but out of fear he said he didn’t want to get him in trouble,” Benight explained. “[Williams] closed the door and did not notify the authorities. He left it there.
Benight continued, “For me, [Williams] killed him twice, you know? He gave him the drugs that did it, and he didn’t save [Long’s] life.”
Police say an anonymous call would have been enough to get Long the help he needed, and that he is still alive today.
Williams was arrested on charges of aggravated fentanyl trafficking, but police said they expected him to face other charges.
“We are anticipating additional costs, and we have the support of the district attorney,” Benight said. “We are more than satisfied that he is prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law, not only for us, but for [Long’s] family. For him and his family, they deserve it.
Benight said it was very important to get drug dealers off the streets to try to make sure more people don’t die from drugs.
“It’s sad that this is happening all over America, and now it’s happened in Catoosa,” Benight said. “It may be a more common place for some big cities, but now it’s branching out into smaller communities. They come here, sell their poison. They don’t think we have the resources to work on these cases, but we do.
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