For the second time in a less than a year, an accused heroin dealer in LaPorte County has been arrested in connection with a fatal overdose.
Craig Ramsey, 29, of Michigan City, was charged Tuesday in LaPorte Circuit Court with reckless homicide and dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug, both Level 5 felonies.
Brittany Redding, 32, was found dead Nov. 19 in the bathroom of her home in the 500 block of Haviland Street in LaPorte.
In his written report filed with the court, Michigan City police Detective Kyle Shiparski said an autopsy revealed heroin laced with nine times the amount of fentanyl considered potentially lethal was in her bloodstream.
He also said Ramsey became a suspect when information from Redding's cellphone a few months later showed "clearly" that she regularly bought illicit drugs from Ramsey.
Cell tower tracking information obtained recently also showed Ramsey was in the area of her residence a day prior to the discovery of her body, said Shiparski, a member of the LaPorte County Drug Task Force.
On March 30, police said, Ramsey confessed twice to selling Redding heroin leading up to her death.
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Ramsey also said the package containing heroin located near her body is the same type he used in his transactions, police said.
The investigation shows Ramsey obtained up to $300 worth of heroin on each of his regular trips to Benton Harbor for sale to as many as 10 customers in LaPorte County, according to court documents.
Ramsey was being held on $15,000 bond pending his scheduled arraignment on Friday.
LaPorte County Drug Task Force commander Sgt. Andy Hynek said the case is a primary example of the "tenacity and legwork" required to bring homicide charges in a drug-related death case.
Charles Williams, 67, also of Michigan City, was still awaiting trial Tuesday on $50,000 bond for reckless homicide and other felony counts.
In August, he allegedly gave 24-year old Ashleigh Blatz heroin and cocaine in exchange for sex at his home in the 600 block of Emily Street.
It’s also alleged he dumped her body along the west side of Meer Road, where she was discovered the next day by a passing bicyclist.