Minneapolis man charged with murder in heroin death


A Minneapolis man was charged with third-degree murder for supplying heroin that caused an overdose death, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Russell Jemiel Cage, 39, also was charged with two counts of third-degree sale of a narcotic. Cage was expected to make his first appearance Monday afternoon.

Cage is charged in the July 4 death of 25-year-old Emily Briones, who was living in St. Louis Park at the time.

“These heroin dealers keep supplying the drugs that kill their customers,” Freeman said. “The police will keep investigating the deaths and we will keep charging dealers with murder until they finally realize that the cost to them is too high.”

On June 30, Briones was driven to Abbott-Northwestern Hospital by her friend, identified as H.A., after Briones took the heroin and then slipped into unconsciousness. Briones died at the hospital four days later from what the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said was heroin toxicity, according to the criminal complaint.

The two women arranged to meet Cage behind a McDonald’s in order to buy the heroin from him on June 30. Then, on Dec. 14, police used an informant to purchase heroin from Cage in a Brooklyn Center parking lot. Once the heroin was obtained, police moved in and arrested Cage, who was charged late Friday.