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Drug charges filed in overdose death

April 16, 2019

Five Somerset County residents have been charged in an overdose case that resulted in the death of a woman.

State police charged Christopher Beggs, 37, Slickerman Drive, Somerset; Ian Koval, 33, Coleman Station Road, Friedens; Tara Burnsworth, 35, West Fairview Street, Somerset; and Lisa Henry, 38, Main Street, Hooversville, Wednesday with felony and misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 27 death of Samantha Jo Humbert at a Bell Drive, Jenner Township, residence.

Rebekah Conn, 23, West Main Street, Somerset, also received felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges in the case.

According to multiple probable-cause affidavits, Humbert coordinated with Henry to buy six stamp bags of heroin from Burnsworth at a Somerset Borough hotel. Police said Humbert was unable to leave her residence because of electronic monitoring related to parole. A search warrant on the hotel room turned up suspected heroin on Burnsworth with the same markings of bags found at the overdose scene.

Police also found at the hotel room several paraphernalia items, suspected methamphetamine and suspected heroin. Burnsworth told police that the heroin she sold belonged to Beggs and that Koval instructed her to “take care” of Henry, according to the affidavits.

Koval allegedly admitted to being in contact with Humbert earlier in the day about buying the drugs.

Conn was at the hotel room when the warrant was served and had suspected methamphetamine on her, according to an affidavit. None of the affidavits indicate that she was part of the drug deal.

All of those charged were arraigned Monday before District Judge Ken Johnson, of Somerset. Beggs, Koval, Burnsworth and Conn were sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bonds. Henry is free on an unsecured $100,000 bond.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled in five-minute increments starting at 1:40 p.m. April 23 before Johnson. Online court documents did not list attorneys for any of the accused Monday night.