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COVINGTON, La. — Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz announced the arrest of a man in connection with the death of a teenager who died after smoking synthetic marijuana.

Lents says 22-year-old Jarbari Pea of E. Second Street in Covington is booked with second-degree murder.  He also says Pea has prior drug arrests.

According to Lentz, 17-year-old Alexander James Shelby and a friend bought synthetic marijuana from Pea for $20 and after smoking it, Shelby collapsed into a ditch and died.

“These kids experiment with this drug for the first time, and as you see, the consequences,” Lentz told reporters during a news conference to announce Pea’s booking on the murder charge.

Covington PD Chief Tim Lentz at podium with Covington Mayor, St. Tammany DA, and St. Tammany Coroner
Covington PD Chief Tim Lentz at podium with Covington Mayor, St. Tammany DA, and St. Tammany Coroner