A well-known Chattanooga heroin dealer has been charged with second-degree murder after an alleged client died of a drug overdose.
Justin Domino, 31, allegedly sold the heroin that 22-year-old Tanner Wade overdosed on in July. An autopsy performed on the victim found fentanyl and meth in his system. This mixture of drugs is known to be sold by Domino, police said.
Domino admitted he was in the same room as the victim, along with six other friends during a party on July 1. He described the party as “having a good time.” Domino admitted to giving people heroin, but said he gave the substance out free of charge, an affidavit says.
The party was at the Marriott Courtyard at Hamilton Place on Bams Drive.
The police report said that Domino is an unemployed heroin dealer, and does not give out the drug for free. Domino said he and a friend, Rachel Webster, passed out at 10 p.m. and did not wake up until 12 hours later.
When they awoke, everyone else had left the hotel room, he said. When Domino went to the bathroom, he found the victim curled up in the floor. Domino said he knew the victim was already deceased, and fled the scene and never returned to the hotel.
A few hours later, Ms. Webster called police to notify them of a “mysterious unknown person” in their hotel bathroom.
The Chattanooga Police Department Narcotics and Neighborhood Policing Units worked together to make the arrest, it was stated.
Domino is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to go armed, possession of heroin for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of legend drugs without prescription, and driving on revoke, suspended, or cancelled license.
Tanner Wade was from Ooltewah. He attended East Hamilton High School where he played football and graduated in 2015.
He left behind a three-year-old son.