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December 1, 2011

Pharmacy tech arrested

Ada — Police arrested a local pharmacy technician for allegedly selling prescription drugs to a man who overdosed and died Tuesday. Police allege the drugs were sold illegally and without prescription.

According to an affidavit filed by Ada Police Detective Shane Jones, 20-year-old Zebakiah Leon Nemecek of Allen was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Nemecek allegedly sold drugs to 20-year-old Kase Harris of Ada. He was found unresponsive at a residence in the 800 block of Tower Road Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at Valley View Regional Hospital at 12:01 p.m.

Jones said Harris was “unresponsive and had the remnants of foam around his mouth which can be an indicator of a drug overdose.”

Jones alleged, “Kase Harris was driven to (a local pharmacy) by friend Trey Anson.”

Anson told police he saw Harris give an employee of the pharmacy $100 “and in return received two bottles of liquid and two bottles of pills,” Jones said. “Anson stated ... that (Harris) called the liquid ‘Lean’ and told him the pills were Lortab and Xanax.”

Police checked the phone number Harris called and said it belonged to Nemecek. Store officials confirmed Nemecek was working at the time of the call.

Police said after acquiring the drugs, Harris was part of a group who partied through the night. When party-goers awoke, they noticed Harris was unresponsive and called 911.

Investigators found evidence at the house that “Sizzurp” was made. Sizzurp is the street slang for a concoction whose main ingredient is prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine. The syrup is typically mixed with ingredients such as Sprite soft drink or Mountain Dew and pieces of Jolly Rancher candy, according to Wikipedia.

Jones said the investigation continues and other arrests are possible. He is asking the district attorney’s office to charge Nemecek with first-degree murder.

Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross said Wednesday he is aware of the case but has yet to make a charging decision.

“We will review (the case) and determine what charges we’re going to file and go from there,” Ross said. “We’ve been in contact with (police) during the investigation.”

Ross said he takes overdose cases very seriously and those who supply drugs to users who overdose will face serious charges.

“The leading cause of non-natural death in Pontotoc County is overdose on prescription drugs,” he said. “When someone overdoses and dies, if we can find who provided those drugs, we will take action on them.”

Harris’s body was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Nemecek is being held at the Pontotoc County Justice Center without bond.

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