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Heroin overdose leads to arrest

Samuel Lee Russell (St. Croix County Jail)

A New Richmond man is facing a felony charge after a woman suffered a heroin overdose on June 11.

Samuel Lee Russell, 23, was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety for his role in supplying the woman with the drugs, according to the criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Friday, June 27.

After arriving home from work and finding his girlfriend on the bedroom floor, a man called 911 on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11. He told first responders that he believed she had overdosed on heroin, because of her history with the drug and that she had a needle in her hand and a hair binder around her arm, according to the complaint.

During an investigation, the victim indicated that Russell supplied her with the heroin. She told investigators that she, Russell and a friend of Russell’s went together to a gas station in South Minneapolis to pick up the heroin. The woman also said she received heroin from Russell at least 15 previous times, and oxycodone pills at least once.

In July 2013, the same woman suffered a heroin overdose in Oak Park Heights, Minn., after Russell had supplied her with drugs.

After executing a search warrant on June 11, police seized Russell’s cell phone, which contained significant text message correspondence about drug deals.

Cash bond was set at $10,000 for Russell, and he was scheduled to appear in St. Croix County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing on July 2.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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