Crime

Two face charges in Fairview Heights drug-induced homicide case

Terrance T. Watson, 35, of Madison and Ashley N. Farkosh, 28, of O’Fallon.
Terrance T. Watson, 35, of Madison and Ashley N. Farkosh, 28, of O’Fallon. Provided photo

An O’Fallon woman and a Madison man are in custody on charges that they supplied the drugs that killed a Fairview Heights woman three years ago.

Ashley N. Farkosh, 28, and Terrance T. Watson, 35, were arrested Wednesday, three years to the day after the victim died, Fairview Heights police announced.

According to a police statement, emergency responders were dispatched to a woman’s apartment in the Winchester Place complex in Fairview Heights on Dec. 23, 2012, and found her unconscious and not breathing. She was transported to Memorial Hospital in Belleville, where she was pronounced dead.

After a lengthy investigation that included the review of toxicology reports and results from the Illinois State Police crime lab, the death was ruled a drug-induced homicide.

Police determined Farkosh and Watson had supplied the drugs that killed the victim, who police did not identify. Officers located Farkosh in Missouri Wednesday and arrested her without incident. Watson also was arrested without incident.

Farkosh faces a charge of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, and charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Both are Class 2 which together carry a prison term of 12 -44 years. Bond was set at $200,000.

Watson faces two charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. The two felonies carry a prison term of 6-14 years. Bond was set at $75,000.

Charging information for Farkosh indicates the controlled substance she distributed was fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that’s far more powerful than morphine and other narcotics.

Fentanyl is most commonly used on the black market in the production of heroin, acting as a booster that multiplies the drug’s effect, but police did not confirm whether the substance the victim ingested was a heroin-fentanyl cocktail.

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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