Grand Junction man pleads not guilty in fatal drug overdose

August 1, 2018

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A 27-year-old western Colorado man is charged with selling drugs that led two men to overdose, killing one of them.

The Daily Sentinel reports Christopher Lawrence Huggett of Grand Junction pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and distribution resulting in serious bodily injury. His trial is set for January.

Charging documents say the victim, identified by the initials J.E., died by overdose on Dec. 28 in Carbondale after ingesting the synthetic opioid fentanyl or a fentanyl mixture. A second man, Z.G., survived an overdose.

Prosecutors allege Huggett sold 12 pills to Z.G. who sold 10 to J.E.

The Aspen Times reported in January that 30-year-old Jonathan Ellington of Carbondale died of an apparent overdose on Dec. 28 and a 24-year-old man was treated for an overdose.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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