On Oct. 12, Maryland authorities reported that a 37-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he was accused of selling synthetic opioids that resulted in another man's death in early 2017. The 27-year-old man reportedly died after overdosing on Jan. 10.
Anne Arundel police reportedly responded to a call at a residence in the 100 block of Homeland Road in Pasadena. When they arrived, they found a man dead from what appeared to be an overdose. Investigators connected the 37-year-old Baltimore County man to the case and took him into custody on Oct. 11. Officials said that during the bail review, the man admitted to selling the deceased person fentanyl. As such, he was facing additional charges for involuntary manslaughter.
This case is a first for the county where authorities have linked an overdose death to the person who allegedly provided or sold the drugs. Other Maryland authorities have begun to use the same tactics to help crack down on the state's massive opioid problem. As of Sept. 26, there had been 108 reported fatal opioid overdoses.
For many who are facing drug charges, addiction is a huge problem. A criminal law attorney may work to help those with drug problems seek rehabilitation or drug education as an alternative sentence, especially if they are facing their first offense. Otherwise, the attorney may look for flaws in the prosecution's case that could prevent certain evidence from being used against the accused person in court. There may also be other viable defenses, especially if there is evidence indicating that the accused person was not aware that he or she was in possession of illegal substances or that the drugs that were found did not belong to the accused person.