Jeremy J. Booker
Jeremy J. Booker
 A Jackson man was arrested on multiple drug charges stemming from two recent drug overdose deaths in Madison County. 

Jeremy Jamal Booker is currently charged with Conspiracy to Sell a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Distribute by the Madison Police Department and the Jackson Police Department, respectively. 

Booker had his initial court appearance last Friday and remains in custody at the Madison County Detention Center.

The drug overdose deaths occurred on Nov. 25, 2018, in Madison, and Dec. 15, 2018, in Ridgeland. They are both associated with counterfeit drugs, according to a joint statement made by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory last month. 

On Dec. 21, investigators from the Jackson Police Department and Madison Police Department were able to purchase 10 dosage units of counterfeit Xanax at The Crossings at Ridgewood Apartments in Jackson from Booker, according to a release from MPD.

Booker was then arrested while still in possession of the 10 Xanax purchased. The counterfeit Xanax sold by Mr. Booker to investigators - made with the substance Clonazolam- was the same substance that the victim in Madison overdosed on. 

Clonazolam is reported to be more than two times as potent as Xanax. 

A search warrant was soon issued for his apartment by investigators at the Jackson Police Department and a large quantity of what appeared to be Xanax, several ounces of marijuana, and two firearms were obtained. Two individuals who were inside of the apartment were also arrested by JPD. 

Investigators are coordinating their efforts with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office and are awaiting more potential charges against Booker to be filed based on his pending toxicology results. 

According to an MPD release, evidence from the Madison Crime Scene and toxicology samples collected by the medical examiner were sent to the State Crime Lab.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said that the Ridgeland overdose victim was male and 26 years old. The victim was found by a neighbor. The deceased male’s girlfriend was also found at the scene showing apparent signs of an overdose. After receiving medical treatment on scene, she was released.

Neither of the individuals who died of the overdose have been identified by police, citing the ongoing investigation as the reason why.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said investigators found several dosage units of what appeared to be oxycodone hydrochloride, an opioid pain reliever, at the scene in Ridgeland. 

Lab analysis discovered that the suspected oxycodone hydrochloride was in fact carfentanil. Dowdy explained that carfentanil, a drug that mimics the effects of fentanyl, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

He said, “The consequences of using non-prescribed medication could result in death.”