Man awaits federal charges after heroin overdose results in death

In Oregon, selling, manufacturing or distributing illegal drugs all carry serious penalties. Anyone affected by drug charges knows first-hand how difficult it is to go through federal prosecution.

Recently, authorities filed a federal complaint in the U.S. District Court in Portland against a 35-year-old man who, posing as a woman, is connected to the heroin overdose death of a 43-year-old woman. According to the affidavit, the woman died in December after injecting heroin that her husband left for her.

A day after the woman's death, her husband reported to police that he bought the heroin from a man he knew. According to the affidavit, after buying heroin, he prepared the drug, injected 70 percent of the solution into himself and let his wife use what was left. He passed out, and after waking up, he found his wife unconscious and he called 911.

A narcotics group found the man who sold the heroin who, in turn, helped identify his supplier. Police said that the suspect, a man posing as a woman, is the center of other heroin investigations, including another heroin overdose death, which happened in November.

Police carefully followed the suspect's activities and obtained a warrant to search his home. They recovered about six to 10 ounces of heroin from his apartment. He allegedly admitted that he sells heroin.

The suspect is now in custody for a parole violation with pending federal criminal charges.

Drug charges are serious offenses. Federal charges carry serious implications, including a long prison term, expensive fines and a bad reputation. Finding the right defense strategy is crucial to get the best possible outcome.


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