Hillsboro man accused of manslaughter in heroin overdose case
A Hillsboro man was arrested Thursday on charges he administered heroin to another man who then overdosed and died, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's spokesman, did not immediately have many details of the original overdose.
About three months ago, Ray said, authorities were called to the scene of an overdose death in Washington County. Investigators originally thought the man had injected himself, but also suspected that they hadn't learned the whole story.
Kaleb Abraham, who turned 21 today, was arrested on accusations of manslaughter after an approximately three-month investigation by the Washington County Interagency Narcotics Team, a group comprising Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard police officers; county sheriff's deputies; the Oregon National Guard and the FBI.
Investigators think Abraham was not injecting the man against his will, but was "just trying to get him high," Ray said.
Abraham remains in custody at the Washington County Jail, where he faces charges of drunk driving, reckless endangerment, assault, possession and distribution of heroin and manslaughter. Not all of the charges stem from the overdose incident, Ray said.
-- Michael Russell
By Michael Russell, The Oregonian
October 09, 2009, 6:55PM