NBC10.com - George Spencer
A Hatboro woman faces homicide charges after authorities say she gave her boyfriend the heroin that killed him. Prosecutors say such charges may become more common to help confront a drug epidemic.
A Montgomery County woman has been charged in the drug overdose death of her boyfriend.
Carly Stevenson, 26, of Hatboro, was arrested Tuesday night after police say she gave heroin to her boyfriend, 19-year-old Brandon Cron, which later resulted in his death.
On September 29, Stevenson called police from an apartment on the 100 block of North York Road and reported that Cron was unresponsive. Stevenson told police Cron was blue in the lips, cold to touch and was not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy and toxicology results revealed that Cron died from an adverse reaction to heroin.
Police say further investigation revealed that Stevenson bought three bags of heroin behind the "Scoops" Ice Cream store. She then allegedly gave the heroin to Cron the day before his death.
After Cron overdosed, Stevenson allegedly tried to get rid of evidence before police arrived at the scene. Police later found syringes and blue wax paper bags stamped with “I’ma Boss” and “Primetime” outside the apartment in a trash can.
Stevenson was arrested and charged with drug delivery resulting in death. She was committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post $100,000 cash bail.
“We are facing a growing problem of epidemic proportions with the scourge of heroin in our community,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. “The legislature has provided us with a powerful tool to deal with drug suppliers, who provide illegal substances, that after use, cause death. After conviction of the Drug Delivery Resulting in Death statute, the defendant faces up to 40 years in jail.”
"People should be on notice that as a result of delivering drugs, if someone dies because of it, you are on the hook for their death," said Assistant D.A. Kevin Steele.