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Upstate man facing federal charge in connection to overdose deaths due in court

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Claude Simpson (Source: SCSO) Claude Simpson (Source: SCSO)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man is expected to appear in federal court Thursday morning. Claude Simpson was arrested on March 2nd. A federal arrest warrant shows he's facing a possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance charge.

An affidavit from an FBI agent explains Simpson may be connected to the deaths of two women. The women's deaths are potential overdoses, but are still being investigated. The affidavit says Simpson admitted to selling heroin to both women shortly before their deaths.

The document explains EMS and law enforcement responded to Simpson's Spartanburg home on February 18th after receiving a call about an unresponsive woman. First responders found the woman dead near Simpson's bedroom. The deceased woman's sister told investigators her sister consumed heroin they bought from Simpson before she died.

The affidavit also says on February 23, EMS and law enforcement responded to an apartment near Simpson's for another unresponsive female call. First responders found the woman dead inside when they arrived. This woman's brother told investigators the woman bought heroin  the previous day from Simpson, according to the affidavit. 

During a search of Simpson's home, investigators recovered multiple hypodermic needles, a spoon and other items consistent with drug consumption.

Simpson was previously arrested in August 2017 as part of an opioid investigation by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. 

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