Preston man arrested in brother’s heroin overdose death

An arrest has been made in the September overdoes death of a Preston man. The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office says on September 3rd, Deputies responded to a home on Ganeys Wharf Road, for a cardiac arrest.

At the scene, Deputies reportedly found 31-year-old Eric Matzeit, who had died from an apparent heroin overdose. During interviews with the family, Detectives say they spoke with Steven Matzeit, Eric’s brother, and found that Steven and his girlfriend had gone to Seaford, Delaware to buy heroin, which was later traded to Eric for a prescription of Suboxone. After the transaction is reportedly when the 911 call came in for the cardiac arrest overdose.

The Sheriff's Office says a search of Steven's bedroom revealed numerous baggies of heroin, which matched the baggies that Eric was found with, along with Suboxone, and marijuana. The Maryland State Police Crime Lab analyzed the evidence, and found that the heroin had been mixed with Fentanyl. The Medical Examiner’s Officer also reportedly found Fentanyl in Eric Matzeit’s blood.

On Monday, the case was presented to the Caroline County Grand Jury, which led to 28-year-old Steven Matzeit being indicted on charges of manslaughter, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of heroin administration equipment, and 2 counts of possession of heroin.

On Friday, Steven Matzeit was taken into custody, and is now being held at the Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

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