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Accused Drug Dealer Charged With Manslaughter In Connection To Suspected Overdose Death

Megan Marlow. Image: Boyle County Detention Center.

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

A local woman has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter for what investigators are saying is her role in a death by suspected overdose

Megan Rae Marlow, 31, of Harrodsburg, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 19. Marlow was charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated trafficking in heroin, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While searching Marlow’s home on Azalea Street, investigators found evidence of what they called a “large narcotics sales operation.”

They found transaction ledgers, drug paraphernalia, cutting agents and a large amount of cash in excess of $40,000 hidden in multiple locations throughout the upstairs in house, according to a uniform citation filed by Dep. Sean Brown of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition, investigators found up to eight grams of marijuana in a small children’s bedroom, according to the uniform citation.

Information in one transaction ledger matched a text conversation between Marlow and the deceased concerning a suspected narcotics purchase that occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 17, according to the uniform citation.

The victim who made the purchase was found dead from a suspected overdose, according to the citation. Narcotics recovered from the victim’s pockets matched the requested purchase from Marlow, according to the citation.

Marlow was arraigned on Monday, Aug. 23. She entered a not guilty plea to charges against her.

Marlow is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, Aug. 26. She is being held at Boyle County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond.

Brown is the arresting officer, with assistance from Deputies Matt Swabey and Paul Parks.

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  1. Janice Long on August 26, 2021 at 10:21 am

    If the deceased still had the full amount of what he purchased then how can I blame ms. Marlow? That’s what was said by the mercer county sherrifs office in there report

    • Brad Johnson on August 26, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I’m sure he had some of the drug left, cause that so called heroin,has that fentanyl,, carfentanyl,in it ,and it is really dangerous . It don’t take but a pinch to kill someone. And I know the deceased,and I never even knew that he had anything to do with heroin. So he wasn’t a long time user of that drug,and it didn’t take but a small amount to take his life. It is a shame that people put crap like that on the streets and they think they are getting one drug ,but they are getting more mixed in with it. Stay away from any of it.period.

    • Martha Searight on August 27, 2021 at 8:21 am

      Janice Long that is a wonderful point! As a criminal law paralegal, I absolutely agree!!! You can’t charge her for the overdose when ALL of the drugs were found! AND they have proof of it, even admitted to it lol. They just wanted to punish somebody for it. Hope this helps to get it thrown out for her

  2. Amanda Shackelford on October 14, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I hope that this never happens to anyone in your families for everyone to have a opinion about! I hope that this stuff doesn’t take a loved one for you and I hope like hell my kids don’t look this up and see all your stupid comments. You want and known drug dealer set free. Then you people want to complain about the drugs in the community!! If you don’t know the situation then don’t comment!!

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