Murder charge in another heroin/fentanyl overdose death

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Minneapolis man was charged with third-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of one of the people who received heroin from him, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Anthony West, 43, also was charged with first-degree sale of heroin in the criminal complaint filed late Friday afternoon. Bail was set at $500,000 when West made his first court appearance Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, on the morning of Feb. 25, police went to an Edina home and found a 27-year-old man dead at the desk in his bedroom. The medical examiner determined he died from fentanyl toxicity. Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic sometimes mixed into heroin.

A friend of the victim’s told police that the two of them went looking for heroin the evening of Feb. 24. They met with her dealer, West, and she bought the heroin. She and the victim immediately injected themselves with the drug and they parted company about 11:30 p.m., the complaint states. Cell phone records indicate the victim went back to his Edina home and did not leave.

During the investigation, police learned that West was routinely bringing heroin into Minnesota from Chicago. On Thursday, police officers pulled him over on Interstate 94 in Hennepin County, according to the complaint. They found nearly 30 grams of heroin in his underwear.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)