ST. GEORGE — A 19-year-old man has been charged with negligent homicide following an overdose death in Washington City earlier this month.
According to court documents, the death was reported to police Jan. 7. Responding officers found drug paraphernalia and heroin residue near the corpse. Police have not identified the deceased nor specified exactly where in Washington City the overdose occurred.
On Friday evening, detectives with the Washington County Drug Task Force served a narcotics search warrant on a residence in Hurricane where they detained Gadge Leelynd Christensen.
Christensen was arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug and paraphernalia possession after detectives searching his room say they found a medical syringe, a spoon with a cotton filter, plastic tooter straws, a scale, a glass marijuana pipe and a piece of plastic baggie with a brown residue that later tested presumptively positive for heroin.
After being questioned by detectives while in custody at Purgatory Correctional Facility, Christensen admitted to selling heroin to the individual who died weeks before, according to the probable cause statement written in support of his arrest.
Christensen allegedly told police that he knew heroin is deadly, explaining to the detectives that he had a friend who overdosed on the drug a couple years ago.
According to the statement, when detectives asked about the person who died of overdose Jan. 7, Christensen admitted he knew about the death and that he had provided the heroin that led to the overdose.
After consulting with the Washington County Attorney’s Office, detectives determined Christensen’s alleged offenses would fall under a class A misdemeanor count of negligent homicide and a second-degree felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance.
Court records indicate Christensen was released on $14,580 bond Monday. His initial court appearance is set for Friday.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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