MONROE — Two suspects are in the Union County Jail facing a number of charges, including Second Degree Murder, in connection with a fatal overdose that occurred in the Unionville area last October, according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Convicted felon Jason Carmona, age 40, of Monroe and Abigail Chloe Mae Pearce, 21, of Matthews, were arrested earlier this week by Union County Sheriff’s deputies after they were identified as being the source of drugs that led to the death of 47-year-old Sheila Burton.

Deputies, along with EMS and First Responders, responded to a cardiac arrest call in the 3000 block of Love Mill Road on October 20, 2020. Upon arrival, Burton was reportedly found unresponsive but medics were able to regain a pulse after performing CPR and administering Narcan. Burton was transported to Atrium Union for further treatment but she passed away the next day. The preliminary cause of death indicated Burton likely died from a heroin overdose.

Union County Sheriff’s detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) working in conjunction with Narcotics Bureau detectives successfully traced the deadly mixture of drugs back to Pearce and Carmona.

Pearce faces charges of Second Degree Murder, Death by Distribution and Sell/Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Carmona’s charges include Second Degree Murder, Death by Distribution, Sell/Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, as well as two additional counts of Trafficking in Heroin. The additional charges against Carmona resulted from a traffic stop Wednesday evening and the seizure of nearly 7 grams of heroin, according to the report.

The Death by Distribution charge filed against Pearce and Carmona marks the third time Union County Sheriff’s detectives have charged the Class C felony crime over the last several months. Sheriff Eddie Cathey stated: “We are committed to using all available resources to reducing the number of fatal overdoses in our community. The increase of opioids and heroin on our streets destroyed many lives but now that Fentanyl is being mixed with so many different drugs, this trend will continue unless we work together to stop it.”