Three men, two of them from Rutherford County, were indicted on drug-related charges, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported.

On July 2, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments charging the following individuals:

Matthew James, 29, Murfreesboro: One count Second Degree Murder, one count Possession of Schedule I in a Drug-Free School Zone, one count Manufacturing, Delivery, Sale or Possession Schedule I Drug, one count Manufacturing, Delivery, Sale or Possession Schedule 2 Drug.

Brian Ayers, 47, LaVergne: One count Possession of Schedule I Drug in Drug-Free School Zone.

Lacorious Fuller, 26, Nashville: One count Second Degree Murder, one count Possession of Schedule I Drug in a Drug-Free School Zone.

Fuller was served with the charges last week while in the Rutherford County Jail on a prior arrest. On Tuesday, agents and detectives arrested James and Ayers. Both were booked into the Rutherford County Jail.

In September 2018, law enforcement officers began investigating a series of overdoses that occurred across the Middle Tennessee area involving fentanyl-laced heroin, including the death of Justin Brent, 30, of Murfreesboro.

During the course of the investigation, TBI and DEA agents and detectives with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Murfreesboro Police Department developed information that identified members of the distribution organization of that supply of heroin and fentanyl with connections to the overdose victim.

The investigation was conducted by the TBI Drug Investigation Division, tactical diversion agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, narcotics detectives with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro Police Department and Metro Nashville Police Department.

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