When an individual dies from a drug overdose, investigators will often trace the origin of the drug. In other words, investigators try to determine where the drugs came from and who distributed the drugs.
A former Wisconsin man recently received a 20-year prison sentence for a federal drug charge. The charge stemmed from the death of a woman in 2009; her death was caused by a drug overdose. The man had been suspected of providing her with the drug. He has already been sentenced on a homicide charge related to the woman's death.
According to the article, police found that the heroin the woman had taken was given to her by another individual. That individual had bought the drugs from the man in Wausau, Wisconsin. That individual then traveled to visit the woman where she asked him for the drugs.
A 20-year prison sentence means that this man's life won't ever be the same again. Federal drug charges carry hefty penalties if a conviction results. In fact, a criminal conviction itself can impact a person's professional and personal future.
Readers may wonder why the man was charged with her death if he did not directly sell the woman the drugs. But he was held responsible because he distributed the drug that caused the death of another. The Department of Justice considers that a serious charge which is why the mandatory sentence is a 20-year prison sentence. And that's just the minimum sentence.
For anyone facing federal drug charges, it can be a challenge to refute some of the allegations. But doing so can save a person a lot of future problems that arise after a conviction.
Source: Wausau Daily Herald online, "Former Wausau man sentenced in heroin death," Jake Miller and Jeff Starck, 01 April 2011