Four charged in connection with deadly drug overdose in Hixson

Authorities are charging Nicole Cimini (top left), Joshua Johnson (top right), Milton Patrick (bottom left) and Jeffrey Scealf (bottom right) in the case. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail / MGN)

Chattanooga Police say four people face charges in connection with a deadly drug overdose that happened on Tuesday.

Police are charging 31-year-old Nicole Cimini (top left) and 48-year-old Joshua Johnson (top right) with second degree murder, and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Police are also charging 36-year-old Milton Patrick (bottom left) and 64-year-old Jeffrey Scealf (bottom right) with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Police say 58-year-old Mark Elliot was found dead from a drug overdose at an apartment at 1949 Northpoint Boulevard on Tuesday.

That's where an affidavit says officers also found Cimini, who was trying to revive Elliot after he had passed out. The affidavit says Cimini was unsuccessful. She later told investigators that Elliot was a crack cocaine user and had asked her to find some for him. But she told officers she wasn't able to, but was able to get some of her drug of choice: heroin.

That led police to Milton Patrick and Jeffrey Scealf, who told investigators they purchased the heroin the previous day in Red Bank, across the street from the McDonald's on Dayton Boulevard, from a man only known as "D."

All four suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

Police say more charges are pending in this case upon review by the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525 or use the Chattanooga PD Mobile App. You may remain anonymous.

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