Two local men were arrested following an investigation into the fatal drug overdose of man in Aberdeen.

Howard Eugene Campbell, 67, of Aberdeen, and Steven Garrick Smith, 39, of Southern Pines, are accused in the July 31 death of Derrick Maurice Smith, according to Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields in a news release.

Moore County Deputies found Smith “unconscious and not breathing” when they responded to a home on Fullers Way.

Moore County EMS and deputies were unable to revive Smith after performing CPR and administering Narcan.

A December 23 autopsy report from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealed Smith died from fentanyl and cocaine.

“Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine,” according to the release.

After an investigation, Campbell was arrested Dec. 27 and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I controlled substance-(Fentanyl), sell schedule I controlled substance-(Fentanyl), deliver schedule I controlled substance-(Fentanyl), and involuntary manslaughter.

Detectives arrested Smith on New Year’s Eve and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

Both suspects’ bonds were set at $50,000, they have a Jan. 8 court date, and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Photo from Moore County Sheriff’s Office: L, R: Howard Campbell and Steven Smith.

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