A 21-year-old Elizabethtown man is accused of selling an opioid drug to a man who died from an overdose of the drug.
Tyler Scott Bobola was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 6, and charged with drug delivery resulting in death in connection with the death of Damon McMullen on Thursday, Aug. 31. A spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said on Friday, Sept. 8, that the investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.
Elizabethtown Police Detective Dustin H. Ryan gave details of the accusations against Bobola in a sworn statement filed in court. Ryan wrote in court papers that Bobola was arrested at his apartment on South Market Street near High Street. Ryan wrote that McMullen was found unresponsive in the bathroom of the home where he lived with his father on North Cherry Alley near Summit Street; he was taken to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead almost immediately upon arrival.
Ryan wrote in court papers that he met with Dauphin County Coroner Gregory Bowser at the hospital and Bowser told him that preliminary toxicology showed he died from an injection of pure fentanyl.
Also according to Ryan’s sworn statement, police found a text message conversation between McMullen and a phone later determined to belong to Bobola about the purchase of four bags of heroin for $40. The person texting from Bobola’s phone wrote that he had one bundle, or 10 bags, of heroin with him at the time.
Police executed a search warrant on Bobola’s apartment the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 6, and found Bobola there with his girlfriend along with numerous suspected heroin packages and paraphernalia on Bobola, Ryan wrote in court papers.
The girlfriend told police that Bobola had gone to meet with McMullen to sell him heroin and became worried after learning that McMullen had died, Ryan wrote in court papers. Ryan went on to write in the sworn statement that after being advised of his right to remain silent, Bobola admitted that he met McMullen to exchange heroin, though he claimed he bought heroin from McMullen despite text messages showing Bobola as the seller.
A search of Bobola’s apartment “did result in locating heroin and hundreds of bags for packaging heroin, to include blue wax bags matching those found on Damon McMullen,” Ryan wrote in his sworn statement.
Bobola was held at the Lancaster County Prison because he was unable to post bail; he is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan, court records show.