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Hard Lean: Dead teen ingested methadone

By Walter Geiger The cases against three local young people charged with abandoning a teenaged friend who died of a drug overdose are expected to go before the Lamar County grand jury which convenes June 10. Investigators say Ryan Lovick, 19, died January 16 after drinking a concoction called Lean which has been popularized by rap and hip hop music artists. It usually consists of codeine-based cough syrup, Sprite and Jolly Rancher or Skittles candy. Sheriff Brad White reported last week that toxicology testing done at the state crime lab indicated the drink that killed Lovick apparently contained a synthetic heroin used to wean addicts off that drug. ‘The autopsy results showed he had used alcohol, marijuana and methadone,’ the sheriff said. Jessica Amanda Casteel, 19 of Williamson; Elbert Tyler Horton, 21, and Katherine Noelle Nordan, 21, both of Griffin; are charged with abandonment of a dead body in connection with Lovick’s death. Lovick’s mother returned to her home from a business trip to find her son dead after a party held there during her absence. Nordan was previously arrested on Nov. 17, 2012 in Athens for underage possession of alcohol, battery and obstruction of an officer following an altercation that preceded the Georgia-Georgia Southern football game.

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