Fatal Overdose Leads to Murder Charges Against Red Wing Man
Red ing, MN (KROC-AM News) - A 44-year-old Red Wing man is accused of being a drug trafficker who supplied pills laced with fentanyl to juvenile drug dealers in the case involving the overdose death of a teenage boy.
Deshawn Lee Smith is charged with third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and three felony drug charges stemming from the death of the juvenile boy on January 10. The criminal complaint says the young overdose victim was found by his father unresponsive in a bedroom and his family's home that morning. The father also found a fragment of a blue M30 pill, which are known to often contain fentanyl. An autopsy ruled the cause of death was "toxic effects of fentanyl."
The Court record says Red Wing police previously had contact with the overdose victim in connection with an investigation into drug deals taking place at the apartment complex in Red Wing. The juvenile boy, who had previously survived two other overdoses, told investigators he was purchasing drugs from two 14-year-old boys who attended Red Wing High School.
Further investigation identified Smith as the person who was allegedly supplying the drugs to the teenagers. The criminal complaint indicates the mother of one of the juvenile suspects accused of selling the victim drugs the night before he was found dead was Smith's girlfriend and the two had been dating for about eight months. It also indicates Smith lived at the apartment complex where the suspected drug deals had been taking place and one of the alleged teenage drug dealers identified Smith as his supplier.
A Goodhue County judge set Smith's conditional bail at $500,000. He is due back in court for a hearing on May 10th.