Rochester Man Charged With Murder In Recent Fatal Overdose Case
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A murder case has been filed in Olmsted County Court that is connected to the recent drug-related death of a Rochester man.
A 3rd-degree murder charge was filed Friday against 23-year-old Lam Yieb.
He is accused of selling the 22-year-old victim cocaine and a pill containing fentanyl that police say proved fatal. The victim took the drugs Feb. 4th and was later found unresponsive by his fiance
According to the criminal complaint, the pill was referred to as “perc 30” and was described as “blue in color, round and having the letter “M” and “30” on it. Witness reported they were told the pill was actually not Percocet.”
Police say an autopsy of the victim found he “suffered from combined toxic effects of fentanyl and cocaine.”
During an interview with a police investigator, Yieb denied selling the drugs to the victim.
During Friday’s arraignment, Yieb’s conditional bail was set at $150,000.
Local authorities have expressed concern over the recent increase in street drugs that contain high levels of fentanyl, including some that are apparently being sold as Percocet.
A Rochester man was busted earlier this week on suspicion of selling the pills.
There were also two suspected fentanyl-related overdoses this week and both victims were saved by law enforcement officers who used Narcan. One was in Rochester, the other in Byron.
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