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Three Accused of Providing Heroin That Killed E-Town Man

Two men and a woman are charged in connection with a sale of heroin that caused an Elizabethtown man’s overdose death on May 7.

Jabree Tyheed Traynham, 22, sold heroin – which contained fentanyl – to 30-year-old Eric Halbleib, who died after consuming it, according to a sworn statement by Elizabethtown Police Detective Dustin H. Ryan filed in court.

Laura K. Welch, 32, and Glenn Charles Ayers Jr., 25, arranged the sale between Traynham and Halbleib, Ryan wrote in court papers. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges on Friday, Aug. 11.

Traynham, Welch, and Ayers each are charged with felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy.

Traynham is at Dauphin County Prison on separate charges and will be arraigned at a later time.

Welch, of Palmyra, and Ayers, of Middletown, were arraigned Tuesday, Aug. 8, and are at Lancaster County Prison on $1 million bail.

The arrests were results of a collaborative investigation between Elizabethtown police, Pennsylvania State Police, Cumberland County Drug Task Force and East Pennsboro Township police.

“Perpetrators of sales of these poisons, which take lives and devastate so many, will be held fully accountable,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. “We will continue to aggressively police and prosecute these criminal acts.”

The investigation is ongoing regarding other heroin sales involving the three charged.

Halbleib was found dead on the morning of May 7 at his home on Highlawn Avenue between Summit and Oak streets. Evidence at the scene ultimately led police to Welch and Ayers. Surveillance video and other information revealed they were involved in the sale at a parking area near a convenience store in Dauphin County.

Police traced phone correspondences involving Welch, Ayers and Traynham. Cumberland County Drug Task Force arrested Traynham on separate drug charges. During that arrest, detectives found heroin with packaging that matched that found at the fatal overdose scene in Elizabethtown.

Welch’s lawyer declined to comment for this article; it was unclear if Ayers and Traynham had lawyers.

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