One dead, one charged in Lake Zurich heroin overdose

  • Cody A. Searles

    Cody A. Searles

Updated 8/9/2011 10:13 PM

A Lake Zurich teen is in the Lake County jail after officials say he supplied heroin to an 18-year-old man who overdosed and died.

Cody A. Searles, 19, of the 100 block of North Pleasant Road, was arrested at his home Saturday and charged with two counts of drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm, Lake Zurich police Cmdr. Kevin Finlon said Tuesday.


Searles was in the house Friday when he obtained the heroin and gave it to the unidentified 18-year-old man and an unidentified 17-year-old girl, Finlon said.

Shortly after taking the drug, the girl was picked up at the home by an acquaintance and left, Finlon said.

However, rescue officials were called for help by the acquaintance to Old Rand Road at 9:20 p.m. because the girl had suffered aftereffects from the heroin.

Finlon said police learned she had taken the heroin at Searles' home, and officers were dispatched there.

Officers found Searles and the 18-year-old man also in need of medical attention, Finlon said.

All three were taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near North Barrington, he said.

The girl and Searles were released on Saturday, Finlon said, but the 18-year-old man remained hospitalized and died Tuesday.

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An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning, and until the cause of death is confirmed, the 18-year-old's name is being withheld, said Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey.

The death is under investigation, and additional charges could be filed or upgraded after the Lake County state's attorney's office reviews the case later this week.

In addition to the drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm, Searles was charged Sunday with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of controlled substance.

Searles was sent to the Lake County jail on $200,000 bail, of which he must post 10 percent to be released, Finlon said.