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Continued: Drug dealers charged with murder in Twin Cities heroin overdose deaths

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 29, 2013 - 6:25 AM

Victim’s parents warn others

Hennepin County prosecutors have charged six defendants with third-degree murder in drug cases since November 2011, four of them for heroin and two for methadone. Just one of those cases has led to a conviction so far: Melanie L. Razo of Eden Prairie was sent to the Hennepin County workhouse for one year, with a tougher sentence hanging over her head if she violated the terms of her probation. Her crime: she talked her husband into trying heroin, then delayed calling 911 when he collapsed on July 6, 2011, shortly after taking it.

The most recent Hennepin County case was filed last Monday, and saw defendant Kevin J. Gustafson, 20, of Corcoran join Katelyn M. Dreyling, 18, of St. Paul as the two people accused in the March 5 death of Andrew B. Scheig, 19, of Maple Grove. Dreyling told investigators that she and Gustafson sold heroin twice to Scheig in the hours before he died, according to court documents.

Devastated by the loss of their son, Bill and Becky Scheig said through a statement that they hope that the arrests of Dreyling and Gustafson would at least spare another family their pain.

“While this doesn’t bring Andrew back, we hope these arrests will prevent another family from going through a senseless tragedy like we have,” their statement read. “We urge parents to be aware of the wide availability of drugs in their community and to talk to their kids about the deadly consequences of drug use. It only takes one time to take a life.”

As Scheig’s court case gets underway, police continue to search for Devon McFerrin, the alleged heroin dealer who now faces a murder charge after the death of one of his customers.

Despite the warrant out for his arrest, McFerrin remains at large.

 

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

 

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