LITTLE VALLEY – Three Olean women have been indicted for allegedly causing the deaths of three others in Olean by selling them fatal doses of fentanyl, according to Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman and the Olean police on Thursday.
The three women – Maria Jimerson, 46, Danee Ellis, 24, and Chelsea Lyons, 26 – were indicted last week by a grand jury with criminally negligent homicide and felony drug counts of third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
Jimerson was arrested earlier this week and Ellis turned herself into police for drug sales in Olean, the district attorney said.
Lyons, who was also separately charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, is currently the subject of a search by police.
Rieman said Lyons was indicted for the Feb. 25 death of a 42-year-old male, while Jimerson was indicted for the March 18 death of a 23-year-old female and Ellis was charged with the April 28 death of a 30-year-old female.
“It is a novel area of law, but members of the Olean Police Department and my office felt we had to do something to hold people accountable and punishable by law for making drugs available to people struggling with recovery even if they are addicts themselves,” Rieman said.
Olean police said anyone with information concerning Lyons or her whereabouts is asked to call the department’s Criminal Investigation Unit, at 376-5677.