A Coon Rapids man accused of supplying the heroin that caused a fatal overdose has been charged with murder.
According to the criminal complaint:
Jaquan Peoples, 30, sold heroin to a group of four men. On Sept. 25, they used the drug. Two of them snorted the heroin and overdosed.
When the men started overdosing, the two others pushed the sick men out of the car and left them at an intersection in Robbinsdale.
Police got a call around 8 p.m. and were able to revive one of the men with Narcan – which reverses the effects of a heroin overdose. However, the other – identified as 36-year-old Phillip Dalton Moore – died.
An autopsy showed Moore died of an overdose. There was heroin, fentanyl, methadone, and alprazolam in his system.
Officers learned the men got the drugs from a dealer called "Vampire," and eventually identified him as Peoples.
Peoples is currently in custody in Rush City. He's being charged with third degree murder.
More dealers charged with murder
Across the U.S., dealers are facing murder charges for suppling drugs that lead to fatal overdoses.
"We’ve seen a number of deaths from heroin overdoses in the past year,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “We will continue to hold drug dealers accountable by charging them with murder.”
It's happened before in Minnesota, too.
Over the summer, a Maple Grove woman was charged after a man died of a heroin overdose. And in April, another man was charged with pretty much the same thing.
Heroin in Minnesota
Heroin is an opioid drug, and opioid use is on the rise in Minnesota and throughout the U.S.
In March, the White House announced it’d take steps to address the “epidemic.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin use among people between 18-25 has more than doubled in the past decade. And fatal overdoses have nearly quadrupled from 2002-2013.
In the Twin Cities, a report found that heroin and methamphetamine were the biggest problem drugs in 2015.
And across the state, officials seized 47 percent more heroin than they did the year before. You can read the full report here.