A Pender County woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a Sneads Ferry man.

Melinda Dawn Chaulk, 38, of Pondview Court in Hampstead, was indicted by the grand jury in Pender County and taken into custody Tuesday, according to Samantha Dooies, administrative assistant to Pender County District Attorney Ben David.

Chaulk was charged with second-degree murder and accused of distributing the drugs that killed 21-year-old Matt Eyster, Dooies said.

Specific information about what drug Chaulk is accused of distributing that caused Eyster’s death was not available by deadline, however, his mother, Cindy Patane, said he died of an opioid pain pill overdose.

Eyster overdosed on April 6 and was on life support at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before donating his organs the following day. Since then Patane has been advocating for awareness of addiction and the drug issues Onslow County faces, including the overdoses of young men and women.

For eight months, Patane said she’s waited for someone to be held accountable for her son’s death and she now has peace of mind.

Patane said many believe the users are at fault and get what they deserved, but it becomes a problem when dealers aren’t afraid to sell drugs in the community because of a lack of consequences.

Chaulk is the third person this year to be charged with second-degree murder in relation to an Onslow County overdose.

Jarred Michael Eddington, 21, was charged on Aug. 5 for the opium death of Jason Westberry Sapp IV and Joshua Grappo, 30, was charged Sept. 6 in the Fentanyl death of Joseph Daniel Allen.

Chaulk has previously been convicted of misdemeanor worthless check not over $100 in June 2000 in Johnston County; misdemeanor shoplifting in January 2010 in New Hanover County; and selling a schedule I substance in December 2013 in Pender County, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

She has a court date in Pender County scheduled for Dec. 14 for charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II substance; felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substances; misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II substance; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to a half an ounce; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia, according to the North Carolina Court System.

Chaulk’s next court date for the second-degree murder charge is scheduled for Jan. 13. She was in Pender County Jail under a $100,000 bond as of Tuesday evening.