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Three arrested for murder in connection with EGF overdose

Three women have been charged with murder in Polk County for the drug overdose death of a woman last fall. Police say the women sold the victim the drug that killed her. Authorities say on October 4th East Grand Forks Police responded to a 911 ca...

Three women have been charged with murder in Polk County for the drug overdose death of a woman last fall.   Police say the women sold the victim the drug that killed her. Authorities say on October 4th East Grand Forks Police responded to a 911 call to find 26-year-old Jessica Erickson unresponsive.
Emergency personnel were unable to revive her and she died 90 minutes later at a hospital. Ronald Erickson/Victim's Father: "It's been tough for my wife and I and the whole family." Ronald Erickson says he doesn't think people understand how powerful the drug that killed his daughter is. It's called Fentanyl - estimated to be 100 times more potent than heroin. Erickson: "I don't believe anyone involved had any idea the power and potency of this stuff." Erickson's death was determined to be from a Fentanyl overdose. Police say her boyfriend told them she had also taken Xanax. Erickson: "Jessica had been complaining about back pain...she decided to help herself and chose a path that resulted in a very sad and tragic accident." Authorities say the drug was sold to her in the form of two prescription patches by 32-year-old Shilo Delorme, 39-year-old Jenny Bercier, and 26-year-old Haley Suedel, a friend of Erickson's from high school. All three are now charged with third degree murder. Lt. Rodney Hajicek/East Grand Forks PD: "They conspired together and sold it to this young lady and the result of that was death." Erickson: "I'd like to see everybody responsible brought to trial. Our family has been greatly affected and now 4 families are greatly affected." Fentanyl has been connected to several recent overdoses, including 18-year-old Bailey Henke, who died after taking a synthetic powdered version. Police say it's being abused by some teens in the Grand Forks area...something Erickson's father wants to stop. Erickson: "This is something that we need to get off the street." The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years in prison, a $35,000 fine, or both. Suedel was released after court Friday, the other two are still in custody. Police say they don't expect anybody else to be charged. Explore related topics:NEWSMINNESOTAThree women have been charged with murder in Polk County for the drug overdose death of a woman last fall. Police say the women sold the victim the drug that killed her.Authorities say on October 4th East Grand Forks Police responded to a 911 call to find 26-year-old Jessica Erickson unresponsive.
Emergency personnel were unable to revive her and she died 90 minutes later at a hospital.Ronald Erickson/Victim's Father: "It's been tough for my wife and I and the whole family."Ronald Erickson says he doesn't think people understand how powerful the drug that killed his daughter is.It's called Fentanyl - estimated to be 100 times more potent than heroin.Erickson: "I don't believe anyone involved had any idea the power and potency of this stuff."Erickson's death was determined to be from a Fentanyl overdose.Police say her boyfriend told them she had also taken Xanax.Erickson: "Jessica had been complaining about back pain...she decided to help herself and chose a path that resulted in a very sad and tragic accident."Authorities say the drug was sold to her in the form of two prescription patches by 32-year-old Shilo Delorme, 39-year-old Jenny Bercier, and 26-year-old Haley Suedel, a friend of Erickson's from high school.All three are now charged with third degree murder.Lt. Rodney Hajicek/East Grand Forks PD: "They conspired together and sold it to this young lady and the result of that was death."Erickson: "I'd like to see everybody responsible brought to trial. Our family has been greatly affected and now 4 families are greatly affected."Fentanyl has been connected to several recent overdoses, including 18-year-old Bailey Henke, who died after taking a synthetic powdered version.Police say it's being abused by some teens in the Grand Forks area...something Erickson's father wants to stop.Erickson: "This is something that we need to get off the street."The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years in prison, a $35,000 fine, or both.Suedel was released after court Friday, the other two are still in custody.Police say they don't expect anybody else to be charged.Explore related topics:NEWSMINNESOTA

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