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Coroner: Three deaths in five days could be drug related

The Dougherty County coroner said three deaths in the last five days could be drug related.  (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County coroner said three deaths in the last five days could be drug related.  (Source: WALB)
Officials are warning illegal drug users to beware, there could be a killer narcotic behind these deaths. (Source: WALB) Officials are warning illegal drug users to beware, there could be a killer narcotic behind these deaths. (Source: WALB)
"We've had too many deaths in the last few days of young people. So you can call it a warning, but it is a great concern what's out there now," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler. (Source: WALB) "We've had too many deaths in the last few days of young people. So you can call it a warning, but it is a great concern what's out there now," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler. (Source: WALB)
"We know we have people dying, and we just don't know why at this time.  And until the medical reports come back we can't speculate on whether if it is because of drugs or some other medical reason," said ADDU Captain Danny Ball. (Source: WALB) "We know we have people dying, and we just don't know why at this time.  And until the medical reports come back we can't speculate on whether if it is because of drugs or some other medical reason," said ADDU Captain Danny Ball. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County coroner said three deaths in the last five days could be drug related.  

Two young men died in Dougherty County Sunday, a 28 year old man and a 33 year man died, neither with any known medical issues, and a young woman died last week. The deaths were termed suspicious and similar.

Officials are warning illegal drug users to beware, there could be a killer narcotic behind these deaths.

"We've had too many deaths in the last few days of young people. So you can call it a warning, but it is a great concern what's out there now," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.

The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit is investigating, trying to find answers.

Last Wednesday Leslie Peeler, 27, was found dead in a truck, and the coroner said all three deaths are similar.

"We know we have people dying, and we just don't know why at this time.  And until the medical reports come back we can't speculate on whether if it is because of drugs or some other medical reason," said ADDU Captain Danny Ball.

Autopsies will be done on the two men who died Sunday on Tuesday at the GBI crime lab in Macon, trying to get answers to these suspicious deaths as soon as possible.

But officials are warning people that might be using illegal drugs, there could be a narcotic on the streets of Albany that has already killed 3 people.  

"Was it worth taking a chance and dying?  So we don't want that to happen again. We want to eliminate this problem. If it is a problem," said Fowler.

The drug unit knows there are addicts in the community, and they are concerned for them

"We'd rather you get off drugs.  But you need to know any drug you take could be the end of your life," said Ball.

Heroin deaths across the nation have skyrocketed, but officials in Dougherty County don't know yet if that is being seen for the first time here.

So they are urging people with drug problems to seek help, instead of taking a chance with their life.

If you have any information on these three suspicious deaths, you are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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