Two From Tampa Accused in Drug-Related Deaths
Hillsborough deputies say the two are drug dealers who sold illegal drugs to one of the deceased victims.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Two Hillsborough County drug dealers are facing first-degree murder charges after the death of their clients, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Jose Alberto Marti, 50, and Melissa Christine Hanna, 42, both of Tampa, were each charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.
On Aug. 11, detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to an apartment on Windwood Oaks Drive in Tampa regarding a suspected double fatal overdose. Two individuals, a woman in her 40s and her boyfriend, a man in his 30s, were found dead. Reports from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman’s cause of death as fentanyl intoxication. The man’s cause of death was fentanyl/ethanol intoxication.
Detectives said they linked the two back to Marti.
Undercover detectives said they tried to buy additional fentanyl from Marti using the deceased victim’s cellphone. Marti later responded to the residents to conduct the transaction along with a woman identified as Hanna. A trafficking amount of both fentanyl and crystal meth were found in their vehicle.
Marti was interviewed by detectives and admitted to selling fentanyl to the deceased man on the night of the overdose. Marti told detectives that Hanna was his source of supply. Hanna admitted to providing Marti with the fentanyl and being present in the vehicle during the transaction with the dead man.
On Monday (Feb. 8), deputies said they established probable cause and arrested probable cause Marti and Hanna.
“The poison these individuals pedaled is what ultimately killed their two victims,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Their arrests should serve as an eye-opening reminder to anyone who thinks it’s okay to sell drugs in our communities. You will face severe consequences for your actions.”
PHOTO SHOWS JOSE ALBERTO MARTI, LEFT, AND MELISSA CHRISTINE HANNA.
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