CARLISLE – A jury has been selected and trial will begin Tuesday afternoon for a man accused of supplying the heroin that killed three area 20-year-olds.
Corey D. Palson, 26, of Newville, is on trial in Cumberland County Court after he was charged in November with three counts of drug delivery resulting in death, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and numerous drug-related offenses.
Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said after charges were filed last year that Palson would transport 120 to 130 bundles of “MOB” branded heroin – totaling 1,200 to 1,300 bags – from Philadelphia several times per week.
“Palson said he was the exclusive source of the MOB heroin in this area at the time,” Freed said when charges were filed.
Palson is accused of selling that heroin to Lorraine Avery and Michael Sullivan, both of whom fatally overdosed in May 2015.
Investigators also say he supplied heroin to his then-girlfriend, Nicole Tubbs, who used the drug before she died in a June 2015 car crash in Silver Spring Township.
Investigators were able to tie the deaths together as they linked the branding stamp of “MOB” on the heroin packaging each victim had consumed, police say.
Two other men — 29-year-old Jesse Blais of Carlisle and 38-year-old Jason McNeal of Carlisle — were also charged after police say they delivered the drugs that Palson supplied.