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A West Shore woman is facing criminal prosecution after police say she helped facilitate a drug deal that led to the death of a North Middleton Township man in January. Tara Marie Lafever, 35, of Wormleysburg, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death.

North Middleton Township Police said Lafever helped with a sale of heroin that ultimately resulted in the death of a man on Jan. 24 in the township.

On Jan. 22, Lafever was seen entering Karn’s grocery store in 1000 block of State Street in Lemoyne with the victim, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by North Middleton Township Police.

Police said the victim offered to purchase $200 in groceries with his EBT card for a West Shore man who gave him heroin.

That man has not yet been charged in this case.

Lafever went into the grocery store with the victim to ensure he purchased items the man selling the drugs would want, according to police. She was given drugs in exchange for helping with the grocery purchase, police said.

The victim was found dead in his home around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24, and a toxicology report revealed he had died of a morphine/fentanyl overdose, according to the affidavit.

Lafever was arrested Tuesday and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to appear in front of Magisterial District Judge Paul Fegley at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 for a preliminary hearing.

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