A Fox Lake woman was taken into custody on charges that she sold fentanyl-laced heroin to a Spring Grove man, causing his death.
Tina L. Meltzer, 50, of the 0-100 block of Aspen Colony in Fox Lake, was charged with three counts of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Meltzer delivered a combination of heroin and fentanyl to Jeffery M. Beese.
Beese, 39, of Spring Grove, ingested the controlled substance that he bought on September 23 and later died, the complaint said.
A motion filed in court by prosecutors said that Meltzer met Beese at a gas station in Spring Grove on September 23.
Meltzer received cash from Beese and in exchange, she gave the man a controlled substance, prosecutors said.
Beese went into the bathroom of the gas station after the transaction and was later involved in a vehicle crash as he left the gas station.
Paramedics administered Beese Narcan and transported him to a local hospital.
Beese arrived back at his home in the early morning hours of September 24 after being released from the hospital.
An argument ensued between him and his ex-wife, who lived with Beese at the time, and the woman noted that Beese appeared to be under the influence, prosecutors said.
Beese’s mother later went to the man’s residence after being unable to reach him. She found Beese lying on the floor and called 911.
Law enforcement located a rock-like substance in a small plastic baggie on the floor of the bedroom near his body.
The substance later tested positive for the presumptive presence of heroin and fentanyl, the motion said.
An autopsy determined the man’s cause of death to be adverse effects of heroin and fentanyl, prosecutors said.
A McHenry County judge approved an arrest warrant for Meltzer on January 6 and the woman was arrested on Friday.
A court hearing is scheduled next for Wednesday for Meltzer, who is being held on a $250,000 bond.