Florida woman denied bail after 4 fatal overdoses at home

January 2, 2020 GMT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman facing drug charges has been denied release on bail because four people have died of overdoses at her apartment in recent years.

Federal court records show a magistrate judge this week ordered that 35-year-old Marie Panebianco of Coral Springs remain jailed until her trial on illegal drug distribution charges. She also faces state drug charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle wrote in an order dated Monday that Panebianco must remained jailed because she poses a danger to the community. The four fatal overdoses occurred over the past three years at her home, although Panebianco is not charged in those deaths.

Investigators say Panebianco agreed to sell heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl to an undercover informant on four occasions earlier this year. Her court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond Thursday to an email seeking comment.

Court records show authorities set up a sting operation involving the informant after the last of the overdose deaths in July.