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updated: 7/29/2011 3:56 PM

Man charged in Carol Stream heroin death

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Prosecutors say a Chicago man could face drug-induced homicide charges for his role in the apparent heroin overdose of a man found dead Thursday in Carol Stream.

DuPage County Judge Michael Wolfe set bail Friday at $500,000 for Malcolm Brown, 23, who appeared in court on one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

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Prosecutors said Brown provided the heroin that apparently killed a man who was found dead by a fellow user Thursday morning in Carol Stream.

Assistant State's Attorney Audrey Anderson said the person who found the victim agreed to request more heroin from Brown, who was arrested when he arrived on the scene. She said authorities were exploring whether to charge Brown with drug-induced homicide.

"We have to wait for the autopsy and lab (results) to come back," Anderson said.

Neither Carol Stream police nor DuPage coroner's officials would release additional details, including the victim's identity and place of death. Both offices said the victim's family was notified Friday and asked for privacy.

"I can't give any details," Cmdr. Ken George said. "This is such a sensitive issue right now because the parents were just notified. They would like time to notify relatives and friends before anything is released. It's an ongoing investigation." Anderson said the heroin given to the victim was packaged in a plastic bag marked with a black spade. She said Brown had 38 such packages on him when he was arrested.

"He admitted he sold the heroin that was given to the victim," Anderson said, describing the victim as a "young adult man."

Brown, of the 2700 block of West Lexington Street in Chicago, remained in the county jail Friday afternoon.

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