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No charges filed in heroin overdose

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

A Cherokee Village man treated for a heroin overdose May 31 at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System has not been charged.

Cherokee Village Police Chief Larry Smith said the case is still under investigation.

"We don't have any physical evidence other than what is in his blood," Smith said of the suspect.

Smith said he planned to confer with the prosecuting attorney in Salem Tuesday to see if charges could be filed. The suspect lives in the Fulton County portion of the Village.

The chief said officers had searched the residence, with permission from another resident, and found no illegal substances. But others who were present at the residence, including two with Illinois addresses, admitted there had been drug use at the site, Smith said.

"We got statements from them that they had it but had gotten rid of it," he said.

The chief said it will be difficult to make a case against the suspect, and he didn't know if charges would be filed at all.

"Our main objective is -- nobody died and nobody got hurt," he said. "Now we do the investigation."

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