Three charged in drug death
YOUNGSTOWN – Three people, including a Warren man, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in connection with the drug overdose death of an 18-year-old Boardman High School graduate in September.
A Mahoning County grand jury last week handed up secret indictments against Gary Hartman, 24, address unavailable, Marijo Mazon, 46, of Boardman, and Ruben Best, 20, of Warren. They were arraigned in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
All three remained at the Mahoning County Jail on Tuesday following their arraignments.
Best is charged with involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, trafficking in drugs and trafficking drugs containing cocaine. His bond was set at $125,000.
Hartman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, corrupting a minor with drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs. His bond was also placed at $125,000.
Mazon is charged with trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs. Her bond was set at $70,000.
They are accused of providing drugs to Erin Trell, 18, who died in September, and a friend.
Prosecutors claim that the three all supplied different types of drugs to Trell in the hours before she died.
They said Trell, who was to start her freshman year at Youngstown State University last fall, had at least a half dozen different drugs in her system at the time of her death, including Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and a synthetic opiate known as opana, which is similar to heroin.
Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News contributed to this report.