Two sentenced in separate death by distribution cases

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Two women in the east have been sentenced in separate death by distribution cases.

The Carteret County District Attorney’s Office says Heather Blaylock of Stella pleaded guilty to a Death by Distribution charge following an overdose death on May 24, 2023.

An autopsy found the victim’s death was due to acute fentanyl toxicity, according to officials.

An investigation by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office revealed the victim and 36-year-old Blaylock were communicating about buying fentanyl prior to her death and Blaylock had been paid $40.

According to the district attorney’s office, Blaylock admitted to deputies that she sold fentanyl to the victim.

She was sentenced to at least 58 months in prison, with a maximum sentence of 82 months, the district attorney’s office says.

In a separate death by distribution case, the Carteret County District Attorney’s Office says Lyndsey Haynes of Harlowe pleaded guilty to charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, Sale of Fentanyl, and Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver Fentanyl.

These charges stem from an April 23, 2021 overdose death, according to the district attorney’s office.

Officials say Carteret County deputies found the victim dead in a garage bedroom in his residence.

An investigation found that he met with 37-year-old Haynes, who has given him drugs in the past, the day of his death, the district attorney’s office says.

Haynes admitted to selling the victim fentanyl prior to his death when presented with evidence, according to officials.

An autopsy found that the victim suffered from fentanyl toxicity, according to officials

The district attorney’s office says Haynes was sentenced to between 38 and 65 months in prison, followed by 10 to 21 months suspended for a term of 24 months of supervised probation.