Man arrested after heroin overdose ruled murder

Marc Roussel (Source: EBRSO)
Marc Roussel (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge man was arrested on charges of second degree murder after a man was found dead due to an apparent heroin overdose.

Police say 42-year-old Guy Koontz, Jr. was found dead inside his home on February 27, 2014.

Police say on March 27, 2014, 32-year-old Marc Roussel admitted he injected .5 grams of heroin into Koontz' arm. Koontz was found dead a few hours later.

"When you're dealing with a street drug like heroin, you know the quantity, but not the potency," EBR Parish Coroner Dr. William "Bo" Clark, said. "For example, if you purchase a 10 milligram hydrocodone pill that is regulated by the FDA, the whole pill is not hydrocodone. There's some filler in there and things that react to your stomach lining, but what we do know for sure is that there's 10 milligrams of hydrocodone. Every pill that comes off the production line is only 10 milligrams."

The unknown factor of potency is what make it so easy for people to overdose from the use of the drug.

"If you are a drug dealer, you wouldn't want to just sell 100 percent heroin," Dr. Clark explained. "You take your 100 percent heroin and cut it with other things to turn it into 10 percent heroin and you increase your profit."

Toxicology tests show that Koontz is one of 7 people in EBR Parish have died during 2014. Two cases are pending results.

Russell was arrested Friday and charged with second degree murder, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and distribution of heroin.

He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $6,500 bond.

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