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Overdose Fatality Tracked Backwards led to a Drug Distributor who tried to Ingest a Cocaine Baggie to Evade Arrest in North Carolina

Overdose Fatality Tracked Backwards led to a Drug Distributor who tried to Ingest a Cocaine Baggie to Evade Arrest in North Carolina

After a man tragically lost his life to a drug overdose, authorities have now charged the individual believed to be responsible for his death.

The Lee County Sheriff’s office announced on Monday that an investigation was initiated in January following a report of a death.

42-year-old Antonio Deangelo Heck of Robeson County was arrested by the sheriff’s office on Friday. The sheriff’s office has determined that Heck provided the drugs that resulted in the fatal overdose. He faced charges related to the distribution of a substance resulting in death.

During the booking process at the magistrate’s office, deputies observed a noticeable change in his speech and witnessed an attempt to ingest a plastic bag containing cocaine.

Investigators managed to convince Heck to disclose the information, which they claim he did. The sheriff’s office reported that the bag was discovered to contain 12 grams of cocaine. Heck faced charges for having a controlled substance while in jail.

Heck was detained at the Lee County Jail without the possibility of bail.

In the autumn of 2023, North Carolina made revisions to its Death by Distribution law (SB189). The revised bill introduces stricter penalties for drug traffickers and individuals whose drugs cause fatalities, classifying death by distribution as a Class C felony. This will result in longer jail sentences for those convicted. Additionally, it simplifies the process of charging individuals, as prosecutors no longer need to provide evidence of a transaction, but only that the drugs were “delivered.”

Supporters and authorities in the battle against opioids in North Carolina are hailing a recent piece of legislation as a significant triumph.

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