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updated: 5/19/2012 9:58 PM

Man charged with drug-induced homicide in Wauconda death

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  • Douglas E. Moses

    Douglas E. Moses

  • Yvonne M. Pitts

    Yvonne M. Pitts

Daily Herald report

Two Waukegan residents face drug charges growing out of the investigation of the death early Thursday of a 26-year-old Wauconda man, Robert Render, from a heroin overdose, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said Saturday in a news release.

Douglas E. Moses, 40, was charged with drug-induced homicide, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent, sheriff's police said. Yvonne M. Pitts, 36, was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent. Bond was set at $750,000 for Moses and $100,000 for Pitts in a hearing Saturday morning in Lake County court.

After sheriff's deputies and coroner investigators determined from the scene at the halfway house where Render was living that the death was the result of a drug overdose, an investigation led by Detective Chris Covelli identified the probable source of the heroin and investigators established contact with that individual, the news release said.

About 7 p.m. Friday, sheriff's detectives working undercover arranged with Douglas Moses to buy heroin in a Wauconda forest preserve. When Moses arrived at the forest preserve with Pitts, both were arrested and heroin was seized, the release said.

Sheriff Mark Curran said in the news release that while the quick arrests will bring little comfort to the victim's family, "It should send a message to those in our county that traffic in poison and death: You will be held accountable for your actions and prosecuted to the full extent that the law allows."

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