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Man charged with selling drugs that killed McHenry man

Deerick J. Buttrum, 30, of Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man has been charged with numerous felonies after police say he sold the drugs that a McHenry man later overdosed on last June.

Derrick J. Buttrum, 30, of the 300 block of West Van Buren Street in Crystal Lake, was charged with three counts of drug-induced homicide, two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

McHenry Police Department Commander Ryan Sciame said that first responders were called on June 28 to the 4000 block of West Main Street in McHenry for an unresponsive man who overdosed on drugs.

Sciame said that paramedics performed life saving measures on Richard T. Hyde, 40, of McHenry, but those efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. Autopsy results showed that Hyde died from an adverse effect of a combination of Xanax, oxycodone and fentanyl.

The McHenry Police Department, McHenry County Coroner’s Office and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an extensive investigation and investigators found that Buttrum delivered the drugs that attributed to Hyde’s death, Sciame said.

“The McHenry Police Department is actively involved in combating the opioid crisis that is affecting our County, State and Nation. The McHenry Police wants everyone to know that all those who engage in the illegal delivery of controlled substances will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Sciame said.

Buttrum remains held in the McHenry County Jail on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 11.


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