Charges Filed in Drug Overdose Death of Clarion Man

| January 15, 2019

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Charges were filed on Monday afternoon in the drug-related death of a Clarion man in August.

Court documents indicate 26-year-old Matthew Earl McDermid, of Clarion, was arraigned at 2:00 p.m. in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on the following charges:

  • Conspiracy – Drug Delivery Resulting In Death, Felony 1
  • Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession, Felony With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Conspiracy – Involuntary Manslaughter, Misdemeanor 1
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

He is free on $50,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, with Judge Quinn presiding.

The charges resulted from an investigation by the Clarion Borough Police and the Pittsburgh City Police Department.

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:35 p.m. on August 15, 2018, the Clarion Borough Police were dispatched to a location on Merle Road for a male patient in cardiac arrest.

Officers arrived at the scene and located 26-year-old Tanner Eisenman, deceased on the living room floor. The officer located a syringe/needle laying on the floor beside Eisenman’s leg.

Clarion County Coroner Randall Stom was called to the scene and pronounced Eisenman deceased at the residence.

The needle and Eisenman’s cell phone were seized by the Clarion Borough Police as evidence.

Stom scheduled an autopsy for August 17 with Dr. Vey in Erie, Pa. During the autopsy, which was attended by Clarion Borough Police Detective Kemmer, two bundles of suspected heroin were inside Eisenman’s pants pocket. The stamp bags were marked “fat bitch,” according to the complaint. They were then submitted to the Erie Regional Crime Lab.

The complaint notes that the liquid from the syringe tested positive for fentanyl and the 21 white wax paper bags stamped “fat bitch” containing a white powder with a total net weight of less than one gram tested positive for heroin and fentanyl.

The autopsy report and the NMS Lab reports listed “combined drug toxicity involving Fentanyl compounds” as the cause of death, according to the complaint.

The Clarion Borough Police Department, with the assistance of the Pittsburgh City Police Department, conducted an investigation into Eisenman’s death.

The investigation revealed that Matthew McDermid drove Eisenman to the City of Pittsburgh on August 14, 2018. McDermid allegedly communicated with Dameon T. Arrington and purchased stamp bags marked “fat bitch” from Arrington before returning to Clarion County later that day, the complaint states.

Eisenman was found deceased the following day.

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