11 January 2024- A Saint Thomas man is facing multiple felonies after police charge him with selling the drugs that killed a man in Waynesboro almost two years ago. Jeremy Richard Schrader is charged with felony drug delivery resulting in death, felony criminal use of a communication facility, and felony delivery of a controlled substance. Schrader is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000.
Waynesboro PD and the Franklin County Coroner’s Officer were originally notified of a deceased individual around 5:30pm on March 6th, 2022. That person was reportedly found in the back of a home on Cleveland Avenue, Waynesboro Borough. During a search of the area, police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana, a blue and white cap with a powdery substance in it, and the deceased’s cell phone. The victim’s death by overdose was eventually found on surveillance footage of the home.
A search of the victim’s phone allegedly found multiple names associated with potential drug deals. One of those men, Jeremy Schrader, was eventually contacted by WPD in November of 2023.
An autopsy of the deceased allegedly found that they had died as a combination of the toxic effects of ethanol, fentanyl, and gabapentin. The colored pill that was found nearby to his body was also tested, reportedly found to contain about .44 grams of fentanyl.
Schrader was interviewed by WPD officers at his place of employment after a significant amount of legwork by investigating officers. During the interview, Schrader allegedly admitted to travelling to Baltimore, Maryland to purchase the drug caps (capsules) with another man. After purchasing the drugs, Schrader allegedly said that he believed no actual heroin was inside of them and that it was actually all fentanyl. The men then reportedly got a hotel in Hagerstown before going on to sell the capsules to the deceased outside a Waynesboro area bar.
Jeremy Schrader is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000. His preliminary hearing is set for January 23rd.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39302-CR-0000012-2024, Incident No.: WPD202202273