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Sarasota woman charged with manslaughter over fentanyl overdose

Posted at 4:38 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 16:39:54-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — A Sarasota woman has been charged with manslaughter after giving fentanyl to a woman who later died of an overdose. 

Tiffany Johnson, 41, met with two women who wanted to buy cocaine. One of the women, 42-year-old Kacie Tipp later died as a result of intoxication by fentanyl, morphine, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the results of an autopsy.

Deputies say they responded to a 911 call about the victim overdosing in September. The same day, an undercover detective contacted Johnson to buy the same substance. It was later determined to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. 

The next day, detectives executed a search warrant at the home of a 43-year-old man named Joseph Wright. They found 46 grams of heroin, 30 grams of fentanyl, 4 grams of cocaine and a .45 caliber handgun with ammunition. Wright, Johnson and another associate were arrested. At the time, Johnson was only charged with sale of fentanyl. 

After receiving the autopsy results for Tipp, detectives charged Johnson with an additional count of sale of fentanyl and with a single count of manslaughter. She is being held on $100,000 bond.

Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges are pending.