Published: Saturday, January 06, 2018 @ 12:10 AM
By: Olivia Hitchcock, Palm Beach Post
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Travis Tekel would fix computers, hack credit cards, pay bills — anything for some heroin caps and a stick of Xanax. The 28-year-old Florida resident was a computer genius with an opioid addiction and the brains to fuel it.
Like an increasing number of addicts, Tekel died June 1 of a carfentanil overdose just hours after he’d paid a woman’s electric bill in exchange for what he likely thought was heroin.
Unlike most opioid victims, though, Tekel’s death led to his dealer’s arrest on manslaughter, fraud and drug-related charges.
Shalonda Lashay Golden, 27, was booked early Friday into the Palm Beach County Jail after a months-long Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the texts, phone calls and surveillance footage that they say pin Golden as the one who delivered the fatal drugs to Tekel at a Delray Beach-area home.
Golden is being held in the county jail on a $104,000 bond.
Tekel, a dark-haired southern New York native, was introduced to opioids