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Drug dealer gets 10 years for Oakdale man's fatal heroin overdose

Rodney Williams pleaded guilty to 3rd degree murder.

A Minneapolis drug dealer has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for selling the heroin that killed a 21-year-old man.

Rodney Williams Jr., 27, will spend the next four-and-a-half years in prison and the rest on supervised release, as well as getting credit for almost three years spent in jail since his arrest.

He pleaded guilty to his involvement in the death of Blake Lindahl, 21, of Oakdale, who was found at his home in September 2014 having suffered a heroin overdose.

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Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Lakeview Hospital.

Subsequent efforts by police tracked the source of the heroin to Williams.

After the sentencing, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput commented: "The opiate crisis in this country has claimed another victim. We will not cease in our efforts to hold opiate and other drug dealers accountable for this scourge."

It comes amid wider concern about deaths associated with prescription and synthetic opioids and heroin in Minnesota, which have spiked in recent years.

Overdose deaths overall rose from 675 in 2016 to 694 in 2017, though heroin deaths dropped by 29 percent compared to previous years.

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