Manteo man charged in two overdose deaths

By on November 19, 2021

Wise released last year after being sentenced for 2018 overdose case

Tyrique Lazara Wise

Nov. 24 Update: According to the First Judicial District DA’s office, Tyrique Lazara Wise, the man charged last week in connection with two September overdose deaths in Manteo, was released from custody late last year after serving time for a 2018 overdose death.

In response to a Voice query, Assistant DA Jeff Cruden said that Wise pled guilty to manslaughter and sale of drugs charges in the earlier case back in April 2019 and was given consecutive sentences of 16-29 months and 14-26 months. He was also given credit for 366 days served at that point. After being released from custody on Dec. 27, 2020, Wise still had nine months of supervised release, which ended on Sept. 23, 2021. That’s 10 days after the two overdose victims were found dead in Manteo.

An Associated Press story at the time of the 2018 overdose death said Wise was originally charged with second-degree murder in that case. The case was significant also because prosecutors were beginning to use a more aggressive strategy of bringing murder charges against those who sold drugs that resulted in fatal overdoses.


(Dare County Sheriff’s Office)

Nov. 19: The Dare County Sheriff’s Office reported on Nov. 19 that it has officially charged Tyrique Lazara Wise, 31, of Manteo, with two Counts of Death by Distribution/Aggravated and one Count of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance.

These Nov. 17 charges come from the incident on Sept. 13, 2021, when Rachel Lee Cockerham, 29, and George Hebert Bowman Jr., 32, were found deceased at a home on Roanoke Island. They, and a third person, were found inside the Manteo residence. Although never confirmed, word quickly spread on the Outer Banks of as many as 10 or so overdoses, possibly at the same party, among people who ingested the dangerous synthetic opioid Fentanyl unknowingly.

Wise, who was in custody for other charges, received a $750,000 secured bond. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has been working alongside the District Attorney’s Office on this case.

According to a January 2020 story in the Voice, Wise was also charged with felony murder in the April 2018 overdose death of a man in Wanchese. The Dare County District Attorney’s office said Wise eventually pled to manslaughter and the sale of drugs in that case.






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  • Chris Smith

    I’m tired of punk asses like this ruining our community. If they let him out on bail I will go to the town hall and raise hell. All this guy was doing was spreading death. I am hell bent on shit like this do not let him out of jail.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 4:52 pm
  • Sheila

    Get this piece of c$@& out of here before he causes any more deaths. Lock him up and throw away the key.

    Friday, Nov 19 @ 5:01 pm
  • Sean

    Give him what he was selling and let’s see what kind of ride he goes on. Hang Him High

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 7:26 am
  • Rexcraigo

    Lots of internet tough guys here for sure.

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 5:27 pm
  • Ray

    We need to attempt to reduce the flow of Fentanyl ! That junk is everywhere,, killing people all over America & it’s only made in China , so it’s pretty exclusively a “black market “ drug , and is being trafficked in record amounts across our borders , mostly across our southern border ,
    ( Border Patrol data & our local community data ) though justified , putting that man in jail , is no solution to the problem ! We are still burying loved ones steadily , & another person who thinks he Knows Fentanyl, motivated by a quick buck , starts the cycle of Ruin over again , Let’s at least go down swinging

    Saturday, Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm
  • Bud

    Folks voluntarily introduce this stuff into their bodies, but that’s someone else’s fault?
    I guess Car manufacturers should be sued too for making such incredibly dangerous products. And pharmaceutical companies, alcohol manufacturers, Hostess, etc..

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 6:06 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Bud, I’m sure you take a negative view of any recreational drug user, but it’s worth pointing out that in many of the Fentanyl cases, the users did not know they were ingesting that drug.

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 8:24 am
  • hightider

    Yes, China and cartels are dispensing Fentanyl as part of their goal to destroy us. But there is another epidemic and it is one of unhappiness and misery. We need more mental health professionals and more access to the care they can give. Lack of health care, disparity between the rich and the poor, food and utility needs, ability to care for family, pets, and loved ones. I couldn’t get decent health care until 65. If the nation is going to go broke, let us go broke with healthy young people. Let Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and their like foot the bill while they are robbing us blind.

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 5:11 pm
  • That's Not How It Works

    People are going to do drugs and addicts are going to exist whether you like it or not. Humans have been getting high and drunk off of plants since the archeological ages (this is a scientific fact that’s easily found on google). The only solution to stop deaths is to make people aware of harm reduction techniques and make drug testing kits and naloxone readily available. At least then users can find out if something is laced to avoid using it and naloxone can be administered in the case of an accidental overdose until paramedics can help them. Recreational drug users and addicts deserve as much compassion as any regular human being and shaming them does nothing. Maybe learn about the cause and effect factors that lead to drug use and actually learn how to help people instead of blaming them for something because you’ve decided you’re better than them.

    Sunday, Nov 21 @ 8:35 pm
  • BeachBall

    This individual pled guilty to manslaughter as a result of selling drugs that killed a person in 2018. The minimum mandatory sentence is 51 months (4.25 years) in prison. What’s he doing out of prison?

    Monday, Nov 22 @ 10:51 am
  • obxboxer

    Mr. Wise’s age is not accurate, may want to update – He is not 31 should be more like 33 or 34.

    As a society we are all responsible for these deaths. And we need more mental help and substance abuse help for people but there will always be some junkies that will use til they die. Maybe this sped it up, noone knows, we can only speculate.

    Monday, Nov 22 @ 12:46 pm
  • Edward

    Am surprised the drugs he was selling didn’t kill him as well. I love the Outer Banks, but the ugly side is harmful drugs are everywhere in this world. You won’t see that in the rental brochures.

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 10:52 am
  • hightider

    Somewhere up north, the media (the real one) has reported deaths from fentanyl mixed in with weed. So now it is not just a matter of an accidental OD from an opioid – it can be mixed in a joint.

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 1:17 pm
  • hightider

    My comment on “real media” was not aimed at the OBV. Mark is 100% correct that many users were not looking for fentanyl. When I wrote “real media” my reference was toward the fake news spread by some social media and other sources, but I agree Mark and the Voice are correct that while people may want an illegal opioid, a xanax, or whatever, their intention is not to die from fentanyl. It would be great to avoid anything illicit, but ain’t gonna happen.

    Tuesday, Nov 23 @ 5:17 pm
  • Seal

    18.000 lbs of fentanyl just got caught at the Mexican border……you can only guess at whats made it through….. I wonder whos made all of this possible with theyre open border policies !!!

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 2:33 pm
  • Nosy OBXer

    Mental health and rehab clinic care should be free! Lives are more important than money. Drug addiction is a disease. We should all chip in for a rehab center here on OBX to protect our citizens. Make them feel welcome instead of treating them like the dregs of society. We need to help each other out. It takes a village.

    Wednesday, Nov 24 @ 7:23 pm
  • Lemonshirt

    Not all substance abuse stems from mental illness. Some of it…..a LOT of it…is just naivety. I’ve long pondered the feasibility of creating a class of “recreational” drugs that could be manufactured and distributed legally with accurately labeled contents, quantities, and concentrations. It would still leave a lot of problems to deal with. But it’s better than leaving it in the hands of criminals and amateur chemists.
    We tried Prohibition in the 20’s and all it did was create the Mafia.

    Friday, Nov 26 @ 12:48 pm
  • DQ

    Life is full of choices and only I can make mine. Only you can make yours. Remember kids if you simply abstain from taking illicit substances there’s a 100% chance you won’t OD or more specifically accidentally die of fentanyl poisoning. Tyrique went to Manteo with most of these kids.

    Sunday, Nov 28 @ 7:54 pm
  • Christy

    I was at this birthday party which had less then ten people. Before any drugs where purchased; the birthday girl went to bed, other entendees went next door, I went home. There’s a reason why they are called rumors.

    Tuesday, Nov 30 @ 2:57 pm