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‘We’ve got to do something’
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said additional arrests could follow the initial arrest of two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man from Woodbury on suspicion of third-degree murder. They were released pending possible charges.
Orput declined to release any more details until the investigation is concluded. But he said authorities don’t suspect opioids such as heroin, methadone and prescription pills, which he said have been the top three drugs in teen deaths in the county.
“This is variations on one theme” he said of “good kids” getting high.
Last year, six people died of overdoses in Washington County. Orput’s office has been prosecuting fatal overdose cases vigorously, with three third-degree murder cases following overdoses the last couple years.
“When you get a kid death, it’s the worst thing that can happen to all of us,” he said. “We’ve got to do something about this.”
Staff writer Joy Powell contributed to this report. Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141 Twitter: @kellystrib