WASHINGTON, Washington County — A Hurricane man was arrested over the weekend after police say he sold heroin to a person who fatally overdosed on the drug.
Gadge Leelynd Christensen, 19, was formally charged in 5th District Court Monday with negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, and drug distribution, a second-degree felony. Bail was set at just under $12,000.
On Jan. 7, Washington City police responded to a call of a possible fatal overdose. Officers arrived to find a deceased person and evidence of heroin, according to a police affidavit.
Information collected from that scene led the Washington County Drug Task Force to serve a search warrant on Christensen's home Friday night. In his room, investigators found several items of drug paraphernalia, a second police affidavit states.Comment on this story
"During the interview Gadge explained to detectives that he had been the one who had arranged and sold the heroin that the victim had used the night they overdosed," the affidavit says. "During the interview with Gadge, he stated that he knew heroin is deadly and had been killing people."
The name of the victim was not included in court documents.
In November, Christensen was charged in Hurricane Justice Court with marijuana/spice possession, a class B misdemeanor. His next court date in that case is scheduled for March 13.