Two persons have been taken into custody by Denton law enforcement in relation to a deadly fentanyl overdose that occurred on October 18. Corey Alan Culver, 29, was killed, and Tabitha Balent, 38, and Raymond Hernandez, 37, are now being charged with felonies.
North Carolina native Culver was discovered deceased in a hotel located in the 3700 block of S. I-35E. The 29-year-old’s cause of death was ultimately determined to be a combination of cocaine and fentanyl intoxication by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tracy Murphree, the sheriff for Denton County, stated, “Fentanyl is a scourge in our community.” “We have to punish people responsible for the deaths of our citizens. We take great pride in working together with the Denton Police Department.
According to police, Balent woke up and contacted 911 to report that she had discovered Culver’s body in the bed. Subsequently, when detectives searched the hotel room, they discovered drug paraphernalia along with two blue, circular pills that looked like fake Oxycodone M30 tablets that contained fentanyl.
Balent’s phone was searched after a search warrant was obtained, and they discovered several texts between her and Culver regarding what appeared to be Balent getting percs. According to the police, she gave Culver those tablets the day he passed away.
Another Drug Case
Hernandez was also named by police in Balent’s text message as the individual who provided her the drugs. Three felony arrest warrants for the counts of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance were acquired by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office while it was also looking into Hernandez in connection with another drug case.
Police claimed he admitted giving Balent the tablets, so they also filed an arrest warrant for Balent’s murder. Balent and Hernandez were taken into custody on December 13 after a joint operation by law enforcement, the sheriff’s office, and U.S. marshals at their shared residence located in the 3400 block of Ganzer Road West. Separately, the two suspects consented to talk to investigators.
Police claimed he admitted giving Balent the tablets, so they also filed an arrest warrant for Balent’s murder.