A person has been arrested on suspicion of providing illegal substances that caused the death of one woman. The man, a California resident, is one of the first few individuals to be arrested in the new push by federal, state and local governments to hold drug dealers accountable for their actions when a person overdoses on the drugs they provide. He is being held on drug charges and charges for the death of the woman.
In light of the recent opioid epidemic, lawmakers have been searching for ways to reduce the number of deaths and the impact that addiction has on the customers of drug dealers. Under the order of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the government has increased its penalties and investigations of individuals suspected of providing opioids in the community. The individual recently arrested has been caught up in the current trend.
The female apparently overdosed in late January. The man was supposedly linked to the drugs that resulted in her death. He also has a history of felony drug arrests. The most recent offense could result in a life sentence for the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.
In the high stakes world of life and death matters, the facts of the case will become very important. A family is mourning its loss, but the accused individual remains innocent until proved guilty. Other California residents accused of serious crimes may be weighing their options for defense against such charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can be a valuable aid in building a strong defense against allegations of deadly crimes.
Source: Fox 5 San Diego, "Suspected East County drug dealer charged in death of customer", Matthew Meyer, April 11, 2018