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Local woman arrested in drug overdose


Debra Gail Reeder

The following news release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Debra Gail Reeder, 57 years old of Hayesville, was arrested on February 15 for allegedly selling a Fentanyl patch to a local resident, Jeremy Coffey, who then overdosed. Fentanyl is a controlled substance and is a Schedule II drug.

Deputies were sent to Hardee’s to check on a man who had been found unconscious in the men’s restroom. Upon arrival, Deputy Mark Dingman discovered Jeremy Coffey lying in the floor of the men’s restroom. Coffey was unresponsive and Dingman requested that the EMS come to the location for Coffey. Upon arrival of the Clay Co. EMS, Coffey was then transported to Murphy Medical Center where he was treated and placed in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

Investigator Brandon Coker was called to the scene and began his investigation. During the investigation, it was discovered that Reeder had allegedly sold Coffey a Fentanyl patch that Coffey, a short time later, overdosed on.

Reeder was arrested and brought before a Clay Co. Magistrate where she was charged with one count of Felony Conspire to sell or deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count of Felony Sell or deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance and one count of Maintaining a Vehicle or Dwelling or Place for a controlled Substance.

Reeder’s bond was set at $15,000 by the magistrate after her arrest and a first appearance was set for the next day for district court.

Reeder was brought before District Court Judge Donna Forga, who doubled Reeder’s bond to $30,000 cash or secure after hearing the circumstances leading to the arrest of Reeder as presented to the court by the district attorney’s office.

According to Sheriff Vic Davis, his officers are continuing to follow up on this investigation and more arrests and additional charges are possible as the investigation progresses.

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