A man was charged with drug-induced homicide for allegedly selling fentanyl pills that caused a 27-year-old Crystal Lake man’s death, court documents said.
Ryan James, 25, of the 3600 block of Smoke Tree Lane in Crystal Lake, was charged with drug-induced homicide and calculated criminal drug conspiracy, both Class X felonies.
In June 2021, James allegedly delivered fentanyl unlawfully to Colton G. Steiner, 27, of Crystal Lake, according to a criminal complaint.
Steiner ingested the fentanyl and was later found dead. His death was ruled an overdose from fentanyl, court documents show.
The complaint states that James, as part of a conspiracy with Lucious Hemphill, 20, and Jacob Stealy, 24, knowingly delivered between one gram and 15 grams of a substance containing fentanyl between June 2021 and October 2021 in McHenry County.
James allegedly received more than $500 from the conspiracy.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force interviewed James, who admitted he had been actively selling pressed fentanyl pills, according to a motion filed in court.
James told task force members that he had been purchasing approximately 100 fentanyl pills every one or two weeks from Hemphill, the motion said.
Task force members contacted Hemphill and arranged to have him bring 100 fentanyl pills to a designated location.
Hemphill arrived at the location and officers found him in possession of 123 pills, which field-tested positive for fentanyl, court documents show.
James told officers that Stealy would sometimes drive him to meet Hemphill, and Stealy would pick up drugs on James’ behalf, the motion said.
A McHenry County judge approved an arrest warrant for James on February 8.
Hemphill and Stealy were listed as co-defendants of James but court records pertaining to their charges have not been made public yet.
James was arrested by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
His bond was set at $250,000, meaning he would have to post $25,000 cash in order to be released.
James is currently held at the McHenry County Jail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Monday.