VIDEO: Port St. Lucie Police Charge Edwin Thompson With Murder in Fentanyl Overdose Death
Port St. Lucie - Tuesday October 17, 2023: The Port St. Lucie Special Investigations Division Detectives charged 32-year-old Edwin Thompson of Port St. Lucie with First Degree Murder. He is accused of selling fentanyl to a 34-year-old man, causing the victim to fatally overdose.
Thompson, who was already incarcerated at the St. Lucie County Jail for an unrelated incident, was charged last week by PSLPD Detectives with First Degree Murder - Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Sale of Fentanyl, Possession of Fentanyl, and Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device.
“This arrest sends a clear message to drug dealers," said Chief Richard Del Toro during a news conference last Thursday. "If you deal in death, you will be held accountable for the lives lost.”
The investigation began in July of 2022 when the victim was found dead inside his vehicle in a parking lot after a drug transaction with Thompson, said Del Toro. Detectives worked closely with the State Attorney’s Office and St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office over the last year to process evidence and execute several search warrants.