Coon Rapids man charged with murder in heroin overdose

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Coon Rapids man has been charged with murder for supplying the heroin that caused an overdose, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Jaquan Prince Peoples, 30, was charged with one count of third-degree murder for the sale of a controlled substance in the overdose of Phillip Dalton Moore, 36.

“We’ve seen a number of deaths from heroin overdoses in the past year,” said Freeman “and we will continue to hold drug dealers accountable by charging them with murder.”

According to the criminal complaint, at close to 8 p.m. on September 25, officers were called to the intersection of 41st Ave. N. and Regent Ave. N. in Robbinsdale on the report of “a man down.” They found two adults males who appeared to be in distress, J.N.M. was revived at the scene, Moore was declared dead at the hospital.

The complaint states that the two men were picked up by two other men and went to North Minneapolis to purchase heroine from a dealer named “Vampire,” who officers were able to identify as Peoples.

Peoples and his girlfriend met the four men at a parking lot near McDonald’s off Broadway Avenue. J.N.M. told police that Moore bought “.3” of heroin from Peoples for $75 and gave Peoples a gold ring. Officers learned from the wife of J.N.M. that he and Moore were apprehensive about taking heroin from Peoples because they heard it was laced with fentanyl, according to the complaint.

J.N.M. reported to officers that the two other men they were with took some of the heroin via injection, but Moore and he both snorted the heroin. Officers learned that both J.N.M. and Moore began to overdose and were pushed out of the car.

Officers met with Peoples' girlfriend who stated she had been with Peoples and that he was wearing Moore’s gold ring. She said Peoples gave her some drugs that she believed were different from those that had been given to Moore. People told her that “someone’s going to die tonight.”

Peoples is currently in custody in Rush City. Officers found Moore’s gold ring in Peoples’ property at the facility.

Peoples Criminal Complaint