Alleged Knoxville drug dealer charged with 2nd degree murder in overdose death

Scott Roberts (source: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – An alleged Knoxville drug dealer has been charged with second degree murder after a 20-year-old man overdosed on a powerful synthetic drug.

The Knoxville Police Department says Scott Edward Roberts, 40, is also charged with sale of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.

The body of Anthony Powers, 20, was found inside a vehicle parked at a South Knoxville business on October 4. Officials said he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a drug experts say has effects similar to other opiates and is often passed off as heroin.

Investigators say he bought the drug, thinking it was heroin, from Roberts the previous night.

Roberts is being held in the Knox County Detention Facility on $25,000 bond.

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