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2 accused of involvement in heroin overdose death

On July 10, it was reported that two Illinois men were charged in the heroin overdose death of another man. The death occurred in Crystal Lake, some 45 miles northwest of Chicago.

The incident occurred on May 18 when officers were called after a 20-year-old man was found to be unresponsive in a home located in the 1700 block of Nashville Lane. When officers arrived, they reportedly found items in plain view around the unresponsive man that were though to be involved in drug use. A seven-week investigation by detectives ultimately resulted in the arrest of two men who were believed to be involved in the man's death.

The men were identified as an 18-year-old Crystal Lake man and a 22-year-old Lake in the Hills man. They were both charged with felony drug-induced homicide and delivery of a controlled substance. The 18-year-old man was also charged with an additional count of possession of a controlled substance. Both individuals were reportedly already in jail on charges that were not related to this case. They were being held on a $1 million bond and had their next scheduled court appearance on July 21.

Illinois aggressively prosecutes drug cases, especially when a death is involved. As such, those who are being held on felony drug charges may be facing serious legal consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence and high fines and probation. However, a criminal law attorney may potentially challenge the charges if there are perceived weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Further, the attorney may seek to have some or all of the evidence deemed inadmissible if it was tampered with.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "2 men charged in connection with overdose death of Crystal Lake man", Jordan Owen, July 10, 2017

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