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Christopher Stefko

The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office had four reported drug overdoses on Saturday, November 25, with one leading to a suspected heroin overdose death.

The deceased, identified as 30-year-old Perry Chad Judkins of Chapmansboro, collapsed shortly after taking suspected heroin at his residence on Balthrop Road. First responders attempted to revive Judkins but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at Tristar Ashland City Medical Center.

Investigators gathered evidence throughout the day and learned that

Christopher Stefko, 39, travelled from Nashville to Cheatham County and allegedly sold Judkins the heroin at his residence. Another heroin deal was arranged by Cheatham undercover investigators. Stefko arrived in Cheatham and met to conduct the transaction.

Stefko was immediately arrested and transported to the Cheatham County Jail. He is charged with 2nd degree murder, manufacturing/sale and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A passenger with Stefko, identified as Zachary Oden, was detained and found to have heroin on his person along with outstanding warrants in Nashville.

The sheriff’s office continues to investigate whether the other overdoses are connected to Stefko.

No bond has been set at this time.

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