A Waynesboro man faces charges that he provided the cocaine that took the life of 48-year-old Mark Thomas last year.
Waynesboro police arrested Todd Michael Barkdoll, 27, Tuesday following a year-long investigation into Thomas’ death.
The charges against him include:
- Drug Delivery Resulting In Death (F1)
- Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (F)
Thomas died in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2018, of what at first appeared to be a heart attack, according to court records. An autopsy showed cocaine in his system. His death was attributed to cocaine toxicity.
During the investigation, a witness contacted the police and turned over a small blue zip lock baggie Thomas had given to the witness the night he died. The witness said Thomas was hiding his cocaine use from his wife.
The baggie had a residue of white powder in it. The powder later tested positive for cocaine, police said.
The witness told police Thomas had bought the cocaine from Barkdoll, and that Barkdoll sold cocaine at a local “establishment.” Police said the witness had seen Barkdoll with a large zip lock baggie containing smaller baggies of cocaine. Barkdoll sold one gram baggies of cocaine for $100 and half-gram baggies for $50, the witness told the police.
Investigators decided to try to make controlled buys of the drug, using a confidential informant. The informant made two separate controlled buys last spring.
”the packaging the cocaine was in that we purchased was the same as the packaging the cocaine was in that Mark Thomas gave the witness,” police said in court documents.
Following the controlled buys, police interviewed Barkdoll, who admitted to knowing Thomas and being “a good friend.” He said he talked to Thomas the night he died. Thomas made arrangements to buy a vape cartridge but never showed up, Barkdoll told the police.
A search warrant to obtain Thomas’ cell phone records showed a text message to Barkdoll’s phone indicated Thomas had bought cocaine from Barkdoll the night he died.
Magisterial District Judge Annie Gomez Shockey set Barkdoll’s bail at $250,000 during an arraignment this week. He had not posted bail as of Friday.
His has a preliminary hearing Tuesday.