- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police have arrested a man who they believe administered a heroin injection that led to the overdose death of Guy Koontz Jr.

Police tell The Advocate (https://bit.ly/QxWsVM ) interviews with Marc Roussel, 32, led investigators to believe he injected Koontz, 42, with heroin before he died at his home. Koontz’s body was found on Feb. 27.

Police booked Roussel Friday on counts of second-degree murder, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and distribution of heroin.

It was unclear whether Roussel had an attorney.

Heroin use in the parish has been on the rise, prompting Baton Rouge police and other law enforcement to work overdose cases more aggressively by using the state’s second-degree murder statute. A section of that statute allows police to arrest someone on second-degree murder if the distribution or dispensing of an illegal drug is the direct cause of a death.

Heroin-related deaths in East Baton Rouge rose from five in 2012 to 34 in 2013, and the local detox center saw an increase from 74 heroin addicts admitted to the center in 2011 to 300 people in 2013.

The amount of heroin seized by law enforcement in the parish also increased, with 117 grams confiscated in 2012 to 3,807 grams - or 8.3 pounds - seized in 2013.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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