DeKALB – Authorities are searching for a 27-year-old man accused of supplying heroin to a DeKalb woman who overdosed in a coin laundry bathroom March 5 and died three days later.
Christopher T. Davis, formerly of the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive, was charged Tuesday with drug-induced homicide, which can be punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.
This is the first drug-induced homicide DeKalb police have handled this year, DeKalb Police Lt. Robert Redel said. They typically handle a couple of drug-induced homicide cases each year, usually involving heroin.
Heroin is highly addictive, and users develop a tolerance over time but don't know the purity of the drugs they buy or what other substances it is mixed with, Redel said.
"Bottom line, any drug you buy off the street, you don't know what you're buying," Redel said.
In this case, DeKalb police found a 33-year-old woman passed out in the bathroom at Double Bubble Coin Laundry, 850 Pappas Drive, Redel said. The woman was taken to the Kishwaukee Community Hospital and put on life support. She died three days later, and a coroner determined it was from a lethal overdose of heroin, Redel said.
Redel said the DeKalb police learned that Davis was her supplier.
Police believe Davis no longer lives on West Hillcrest Drive and is near Chicago, Redel said. By Tuesday afternoon, Davis had not been arrested.