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updated: 8/25/2014 1:45 PM

Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire heroin overdose death

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  • John S. Smolinski

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A Wood Dale man has been charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with a heroin overdose death reported last month in Lincolnshire.

John S. Smolinski, 26, of the 100 block of North Edgewood Avenue, was taken into custody about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on an arrest warrant issued by Lincolnshire police as he walked near his home. He was held Monday in Lake County jail on $500,000 bail in connection with the death of Connor Moore, 26.

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"I think this might have been the first time Lincolnshire police charged a drug-induced homicide," Lincolnshire police Investigator John-Erik Anderson said.

Anderson said a 911 call was made about 8:20 a.m. July 28, from the home for an unresponsive subject.

Moore was found dead in his bed, according to Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. The cause was a heroin overdose, he added.

"This is straightforward. A drug overdose at home," Rudd said.

Lincolnshire police began an investigation when the preliminary cause of death showed opiates in Moore's system, Anderson said.

"Through witnesses and phone records, we were able to trace the victim's last steps, so to speak," he said. "We backtracked."

Anderson said Moore purchased an undisclosed amount of heroin from Smolinski in Chicago about 11 to 11:30 p.m. the night before he died.

Drug-induced homicide is a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison if found guilty, Anderson added.

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