Officials: Two charged after man dies from heroin overdose

Two people have been charged with supplying the heroin that led to a Carol Stream man’s fatal overdose last fall, DuPage County authorities said Tuesday.

Adrianna Diana, 21, of Carol Stream, and Ricardo Bryant, 31, were charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of Christopher Houdek, DuPage prosecutors said.

Paramedics who answered a 911 call at Diana’s apartment on Sept. 27 found Houdek unconscious, according to a news release from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. Houdek, 21, died from what police later determined was a heroin overdose.

Bryant, of Chicago, provided the heroin to an intermediary who supplied Diana, according to the release. After Houdek met Diana in the parking lot of her residence, they went into her apartment where Houdek used the heroin and lapsed into unconsciousness, the release said.

The arrests came after a four-month investigation, according to authorities, who took Bryant into custody Monday. Diana surrendered Tuesday.

“We have got to get the word out that heroin is an indiscriminate killer and your chances of survival diminish with each use,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said.

The Tribune reported earlier this month that only a small percentage of overdose deaths lead to drug-induced homicide charges. Law enforcement officials said it is often difficult to get evidence in such cases.

Before the charges announced Tuesday, only four drug induced homicide cases were filed in DuPage County since July 2008, the newspaper reported. DuPage County recorded 46 heroin overdose deaths in 2013, Berlin said in the release.

A judge set Diana’s bail at $100,000, prosecutors said. Bryant is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. Drug-induced homicide is a class X felony and carries a minimum six-year prison sentence.

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