Charges: Burnsville Man Sold Carfentanil-Laced Heroin that Led to Overdose

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David Svobodny

March 16, 2018 05:07 PM

A Burnsville man is facing charges after authorities claim he sold heroin laced with carfentanil to a man who overdosed in January of 2017, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint states that 28-year-old Jacob David Svobodny has been charged with third-degree murder. The charges were filed Wednesday in Carver County.


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The complaint states on Jan. 7, 2017, a Chaska man was found unresponsive on his apartment floor. The victim's roommate told police that the victim texted him in the early morning, saying he was purchasing drugs. The victim also asked his roommate to go looking for him should he go missing.

During the investigation, police learned Svobodny had sold heroin to the victim. Investigators also learned Leah Peterson was involved in the sale, according to the complaint.

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Peterson told police that on Jan. 6, 2017, she had drove Svobodny around to purchase multiple types of drugs, including heroin. She told investigators Svobodny said they needed to sell the heroin and asked her to contact people who may be willing to purchase it. The complaint said Peterson texted the victim, who agreed to purchase the heroin.

The complaint said Svobodny and Peterson met the victim at his apartment complex. Peterson told police that Svobodny made the victim inject some heroin in the vehicle. According to the complaint, the victim then got out of the vehicle "smoked a cigarette and waved at them as they left."

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On Jan. 8, 2017, Peterson told Svobodny she had learned the victim died. Svobodny told Peterson not to say anything because he was "pretty sure" there was fentanyl in the heroin he had sold the victim.

On May 26, the Midwest Medical Examiner determined the victim's death was caused by carfentanil toxicity.

The complaint said Peterson was charged on Oct. 31 with aiding and abetting third-degree murder.

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If found guilty, Svobodny could face up to 25 years in prison.


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