Man arrested after drug overdose of Columbia resident

Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 4:32 p.m. CST; updated 11:02 a.m. CST, Friday, January 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — A fatal heroin overdose led police to arrest a Columbia man Wednesday morning on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance.

According to a probable cause statement, police responded to an apartment on North William Street late Monday night and found an unidentified man dead from an apparent drug overdose. Police found syringes, other drug paraphernalia and what they suspected to be heroin, as well as signs of recent intravenous drug use on the body.

The man dialed a cellphone number some 20 minutes after pawning a ring at a local pawn shop, according to the police statement.

After obtaining money, he met up with a person, nicknamed “Lucky,” and “obtained a quantity of heroin and returned to his apartment.  The victim apparently then ingested the heroin intravenously and apparently died as a result,” according to the probable cause statement.  The alleged transaction occurred just a few hours before the body was found by police according to the statement.

Police said cellphone records and text messages were used to connect a suspect to the victim on the night of his overdose. 

Ellison Lee Hutchison, 36, of 3320 Brampton Lane, was arrested early Wednesday morning. He was taken to Boone County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000. Hutchison was still in custody as of noon Thursday.

Distribution of a controlled substance is a Class B felony punishable by “a term of years not less than five years and not to exceed 15 years” of imprisonment according to the Missouri Revised Statutes section 558.001.

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