Residents of Indiana and the surrounding states all likely know that a drug charge, particularly if the charge involves selling drugs, is a serious matter. As a recent case in the local news illustrates, these charges are particularly serious if they arise in connection with someone's death by overdose.
An Evansville man has been arrested and, reportedly, ordered held without bail in connection with anotherEvansville man's death on account of a heroin overdose. Police claim the man they arrest sold the deceased person the drug he used to overdose.
Although the suspect in this case has not been charged with a homicide, police are claiming the heroin he is selling is potentially deadly. The man is also charged with several other drug-related crimes.
According to reports, police tied the overdose victim to their suspect through cell phone records. When they caught up to the suspect, he was pulling away in his vehicle. Police say they followed the man home and then arrested him, although it was not clear what the reason for the initial arrest was. At some point, police also obtained search warrants and claimed to have found drugs both in the man's car and in his home.
The man has not been convicted at a criminal trial and thus is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Still, the man has an uphill battle facing him in the coming weeks and months, especially since police and prosecutors will likely attempt to tie him to the fatal drug overdose. He will likely need to mount a vigorous defense that attacks the state's case directly and also investigates to ensure that the police acted legally in every step of their investigation.
Source: News 14, "Arrest made in connection to heroin overdose," Evan Gorman, July 27, 2017.