Mahtomedi Man Sentenced in Heroin Death Case

Adam Christopher Guzman Photo: Ramsey County
Adam Christopher Guzman

January 09, 2018 04:06 PM

A Mahtomedi man who pleaded guilty to selling heroin that led to the death of an east metro woman was sentenced Tuesday, according to court records.

Adam Christopher Guzman, who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, was sentenced to 365 days in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. According to court records, Guzman has already served 169 days of that sentence.


Guzman will also be placed under supervised probation for 25 years.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called on March 25 to an apartment on the 2000 block of Dotte Drive in White Bear Lake on suspicion of an overdose. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive female victim. Officers attempted to revive the woman, but she was pronounced dead on scene.

At the scene, officers located a syringe, spoon and the woman's wallet.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner later confirmed the woman's death was from acute heroin toxicity.

The apartment tenant told police the victim was living there, and they had met in a chemical dependency treatment program. She did not believe the victim was using heroin at the time.

The victim's roommate said the night before the overdose, the victim had met with Guzman.

The victim's mother later called police to inform them she had located a baggie with a tan, chalky substance that appeared to be drugs.
An analysis of the victim's phone records showed correspondence between Guzman and the victim.

"Guess what, cuz is back and it's bomb! Lol Get some money quick! Ha ha!," a message from Guzman read.

In his text messages to the victim, Guzman mentioned "the good stuff" or "new stuff" multiple times.

Guzman also offered to buy suboxone, a prescription drug, from the victim.

On March 24, the victim asked Guzman to "front me a bag" in a text message. The criminal complaint did not specify what the victim was purchasing from Guzman.

The victim asked Guzman multiple times when he would arrive at her apartment with the drugs. The victim also asked Guzman via text, "can I do some in ur car super quick again?"

Guzman eventually arrived at the woman's apartment. After the exchange, the two did not text again.

Guzman later spoke with a detective and said he met the woman outside of her apartment building on March 24. Guzman said she had picked up drugs earlier and wanted to use them in his car. Guzman told police he assumed it was heroin. He told officers he did not want the woman using heroin in his vehicle.

Guzman told officers the woman asked him to get her heroin, but he denied.

On July 25, officers arrested Guzman. Guzman originally denied providing the heroin to the woman, but later admitted he purchased the drug for her on March 24.


Ben Rodgers

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