Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Woman charged in heroin death

by Rob Ireland

March 01, 2012

ELKHORN — A Crystal Lake, Ill., woman faces a felony charge of first-degree reckless homicide after she allegedly provided heroin to a 21-year-old Walworth County man who died after overdosing on the drug.

If convicted, Lisa C. Jurgens, 28, faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

On Aug. 1, 2011, Codie A. Krueger’s parents found their son at their Spring Prairie residence. He was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy was later performed on Krueger, who was 21 at the time, and the cause of his death was listed as a lethal injection of heroin.

After Codie’s death, police went through his cell phone and found text messages, which appeared to set up a heroin deal.

Through Codie’s phone, police sent a text message asking to set up a deal to purchase more of the drug. Through text messages, police set up a heroin deal at the Shell Gas Station in Crystal Lake, Ill.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrested Jurgens at the gas station and found her with the phone, which was used to text Codie.

During an interview with police, Jurgens told police she sold heroin to Codie on July 31, but not on Aug. 1. She also told police she sold heroin to another man who overdosed on Aug. 1, according to the criminal complaint.

On March 1, Walworth County Corner John Griebel said there were three overdose deaths caused by heroin in 2011. In 2012, he said there haven’t been any overdose deaths caused by heroin.

In 2011, he said there were 14 drug-related deaths, and that number may raise to 15 depending on the results of an investigation.