Saturday, August 26, 2006

Fentanyl Laced Heroin Dealer Faces Murder Charge

Corey Crump, a 35-year-old convicted felon, is charged with murder for selling drugs to the son of a deputy police chief. "In this case, the body of 17-year-old Joseph Krecker -- still clutching tinfoil packets of heroin in one hand -- was discovered within a half block of the [Crump's] home, investigators said."

While the charge is significant -- murder indictments are rare for selling drugs that cause a fatal overdose -- it is not part of the primary arrests made several weeks ago in the heroin-fentanyl epidemic.

Similar charges involving other fentanyl victims and dealers in Chicago could be forthcoming soon, a law enforcement source told the Chicago Sun-Times. Investigators are awaiting laboratory toxicology results in those cases, the source said.

Krecker is the youngest victim of the nearly 200 fatal fentanyl overdoses in Cook County since April 2005.

"This tragedy is based on somebody's greed," said Jack Krecker, a deputy chief of the west suburban FranklinPark Police Department. "They tried to make more money by cutting this [heroin] with fentanyl. This greed is what killed my son."

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