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Feds Probe Overdose Death Here

The Harris County Journal of Hamilton, Georgia

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Man Dead as EMS Arrives

The situation is still evolving and a Federal agency has become involved in the drug overdose death of a Harris County resident.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County EMS and Northwest Harris Fire Department responded to the report of a possible drug overdose at a house located on Pine Lake Road. According to sheriff's investigator Roger Carroll, the person, identified as Andrew Aaric Cook, was dead on arrival of emergency services personnel. Firefighters and EMS personnel attempted to revive Cook but were unsuccessful. That brought Harris County Coroner Joe Weldon to the scene.

Carroll said that injection marks were found on Cook's arms.

There were two people in the house that Carroll said "acted strangely" and "real suspicious," reported giving information that later proved false and attempted to block officers from seeing into other rooms in the house.

As the initial investigation was being conducted, Carroll said it was determined that Cook had resided at the house for about 15 years, and at least one of the occupants had an active warrant out of Florida for their arrest.

Officers allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the house along with evidence that children were living there.

While there were no children present in the home when public safety personnel arrived on the scene Carroll said evidence indicated five children had been living there, though perhaps not all at the same time "They (children) were living in squalor," Carroll said. "There were no beds and the children were sleeping on blankets on the floor." He noted that a seven-year old girl only weighed about 25 pounds. Carroll added that some of the children had not attended school in some time and that at least some had previously been in foster care.

Carroll also related finding 30 packets of suspected heroin in the house and surmises the occupants were part of a drug trafficking operation.

Three people were arrested including: Tamra Peacock, charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute, possession of pills not in original container, and giving false information to officers; Bryan Edwards, charged with charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute; and Howell Peacock, Jr., charged with charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute.

As the investigation continues, more charges could be pending.

Coroner Joe Weldon could not confirm unofficial reports indicating Cook died of a heroin overdose.

Weldon said that Cook's body was transported to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

"This will help us understand what happened," Weldon said. He said an autopsy is standard procedure in such cases.

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2015

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