A convicted drug dealer who allegedly sold fentanyl-laced heroin to a teen who overdosed in June has been charged with homicide, reports the Chicago Tribune. Corey Crump, an alleged gang member, is charged with drug-induced homicide for selling the drugs to Joseph Krecker, 17. Police said it is the first homicide charge in Illinois in a fentanyl-related death. Krecker, the son of a suburban deputy police chief, was found dead June 6. “With this announcement comes the bittersweet reality that one of our own family can be vulnerable to the evils of gangs, guns and drugs,” Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline said.
Since April 2005, there have been 185 deaths in Cook County, including 145 in Chicago, related to the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Crump, 35, was charged with a Class X felony and could get up to 30 years in prison if convicted.