Alleged dealer faces drug-induced homicide charge
August 24, 2006 (last updated 5:15 p.m.) (WLS) -- Homicide charges are filed in connection with the drug-induced death of a 17-year-old boy from the northwestern suburbs.
Joseph Krecker died in June from an overdose of heroin mixed the fentanyl, a powerful prescription drug. An alleged drug dealer, Corey Crump, 35, is charged with drug-induced homicide. The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Chicago.
At least 145 people have died after overdosing on this dangerous mix of drugs in Chicago this year. The Chicago Heroin Task Force has spent months investigating the case.
The mix of heroin and fentanyl can be deadly because it makes it hard to breath. On June 6, Krecker was found slumped over in his car. Police said Crump sold the recent high school graduate the drugs.
Crump is charged with drug possession and drug-induced homicide.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug used for pain management.
"If one person is safe for this, my son Joe, lives on through that," said Dep. Chief Jack Krecker, father of drug fatality.
Police Supt. Phil Cline said Crump may face other charges, including more drug-related homicides. Officials are waiting on toxicology reports in those cases.
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