2 charged with murder in Eagan teen’s fatal overdose

Two men have been charged with murder in connection to a teenager’s overdose death last year.

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old Jamal Ahmed Adan, of Burnsville, and 27-year-old Sadiq Aden Isack, of Bloomington, are each charged with third-degree murder and third-degree controlled substance crime in connection to 16-year-old Hunter Carlson’s death.

Eagan police were called to a home on the morning of Jan. 28, 2021, after Carlson’s mother found him unresponsive in his bed. Efforts to resuscitate Carlson were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

Police learned that Carlson had been experimenting with Percocet and had ingested Percocet with a teenage neighbor the night before.

Investigators found that the neighbor had bought the Percocet from Adan and Isack, as he had been for a month or two.

Carlson’s death was ruled as a result of positional asphyxia complicating acute fentanyl toxicity, and a pill fragment was found in the room.

According to the criminal complaint, officers found Adan, Isack and a third male in a Burnsville motel room on Feb. 13, 2021. Inside the motel, officers also found a baggie of blue pills similar to the fragment found in Carlson’s room. Additionally, phone records showed messages between Isack, Adan and the neighbor teen.

When the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested the pills found in the motel room and the fragment found in Carlson’s room, they both tested positive for fentanyl.

Authorities say Adan was arrested Monday and made his first court appearance Tuesday morning, where his bail was set at $300,000 without conditions or $250,000 with conditions. His next hearing is scheduled for May 18.

Authorities are still searching for Isack.

Additionally, the attorney’s office says prosecutors tried to have the neighbor teen certified as an adult in connection to Carlson’s death. However, that was denied by the court and the teen instead pleaded guilty to third-degree murder on Jan. 6 as an extended juvenile jurisdiction, where he was placed on juvenile probation until he is 21. The teen will avoid a seven-year (86-month) prison sentence as long as he completes his juvenile sentence.