TILTON — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted a Northfield man for a single count of sale of a controlled drug — death resulting, for allegedly selling the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a 21-year-old Tilton man on April 2.
Brian Watson, 51, of 212 Hodgdon Road was also indicted for one count of sales of a controlled drug and a separate count of possession of heroin.
According to police affidavits supporting Watson's arrest and obtained from the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division after being sealed for 30 days by Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon, Seth Tilton-Fogg bought some fentanyl-laced heroin from Watson late in the evening of April 1 before his mother found him dead in his bedroom early the next morning.
Autopsy reports indicated he died accidentally of "acute fentanyl intoxication".
Police said that next to Tilton-Fogg's body was his cell phone that was still listed in his father's name. The father turned it over voluntarily to the investigating Tilton Police detectives. A warrant to search it was granted by Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon.
The cell phone contained a series of e-mail to and from Tilton-Fogg and Watson from April 1. Continuing all day, the last e-mails occurred from 10:03 p.m. to 10:14 p.m. when the two were allegedly planning to meet. Earlier e-mails indicated Fogg had arranged to buy some heroin from Watson, saying he was looking to buy two grams for $240.
The last texts exchanged that night between them and released by police were Watson telling Fogg he was "just weighing yours and other customers stuff out." Fogg replied he was walking toward Tilton from Hannaford's Supermarket in Franklin and he had the money.
Police said Smitty's video footage showed Tilton-Fogg at the cinema around 10 p.m. that night and the manager who knew him said he was there. His mother said the last time she saw him was 11:30 p.m., when he went to bed.
Affidavits indicated that police took the phone to Verizon for a phone dump and were able to recover a number of text messages between the two. They also obtained text messages between Watson and his girlfriend who was someone Tilton-Fogg knew from high school.
On April 6, the woman sent Watson a text at 2:26 p.m. that said "OMG. Bee our (expletive) killed someone."
Her frantic texts continued and he texted her to "say nothing to no one."
Text messages between the woman and Tilton-Fogg show that she reached out to him on Facebook when she learned he was "doin" (drugs).
She told him she was "good" and that the heroin she had was "beyond fire". She also said if he helped her "get rid" of some of her stuff she could work with him to get a discount. It appeared that during this Internet conversation she was "re-upping" or using some drug at the time.
She also asked him how he ingested his heroin — "sniff, smoke, shoot?" and warned him that if he injected heroin he should use much less than usual, saying the heroin she had was laced with "phetenoyl (fentanyl)."
Watson was ordered held on $10,000 cash-only bail. He is not listed as being incarcerated in the Belknap County Jail. No date has been set for his trial.
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