Po­lice make ar­rest af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion into drug-re­lated death

North­ern Berks Po­lice, EMS dis­cov­ered woman, 35, de­ceased in her home af­ter opi­oid over­dose in May

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - From Berks County DA’s Of­fice

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a drug re­lated death has led to an ar­rest of the per­son who al­legedly de­liv­ered the drug that re­sulted in death.

Michael Hanusey, 28, Limekiln, has been taken into po­lice cus­tody on charges that in­clude Drug De­liv­ery Re­sult­ing in Death; Crim­i­nal Use of a Com­mu­ni­ca­tion De­vice; Pos­ses­sion With In­tent to De­liver Heroin and Fen­tanyl, Pos­ses­sion of Heroin and Fen­tanyl.

The Berks County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice re­ports that on May 17, 2017 at about 4:15 p.m., the North­ern Berks Po­lice Depart­ment was dis­patched to a res­i­dence for an un­re­spon­sive fe­male. When the po­lice of­fi­cer and EMS en­tered the home, they dis­cov­ered a 35-year-old woman was de­ceased from an ap­par­ent opi­oid drug over­dose. The re­spond­ing po­lice of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence con­sis­tent with il­le­gal drug use of heroin, pos­si­bly laced in fen­tanyl.

The North­ern Berks Po­lice Depart­ment ini­ti­ated a death in­ves­ti­ga­tion and con­tacted the Berks County’s De­tec­tive Unit to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Based on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived and in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers strongly be­lieved that the fe­male vic­tim had taken heroin, which was pos­si­bly laced in fen­tanyl, ear­lier that day.

On May 18, 2017, de­tec­tives de­vel­oped in­for­ma­tion of a pos­si­ble sus­pect, Michael Hanusey. As a re­sult, de­tec­tives act­ing in an un­der­cover ca­pac­ity were able to es­tab­lish com­mu­ni­ca­tion via cel­lu­lar tele­phone with the sus­pect. Dur­ing that com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Hanusey agreed to meet with the un­der­cover of­fi­cer for the pur­pose of de­liv­er­ing heroin. Sub­se­quently, Hanusey did meet with an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at the agreed lo­ca­tion within Berks County and he de­liv­ered a quan­tity of heroin to the of­fi­cer. Shortly af­ter the drug trans­ac­tion, Hanusey was placed un­der ar­rest and charged for the Pos­ses­sion, Pos­ses­sion With In­tent to De­liver and De­liv­ery of Heroin.

On May 19, 2017, the sus­pect, Hanusey was trans­ported to the Berks County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter for pro­cess­ing and ar­raign­ment. The de­fen­dant was ar­raigned by Judge Wil­liam N. Hall and bail was set at $20,000.

On May 19, 2017, an au­topsy of the woman was per­formed at Read­ing Hos­pi­tal by Dr. Hoff­man. It was later learned through tox­i­col­ogy tests that the cause of death of the woman was acute tox­i­c­ity by heroin and fen­tanyl.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued, de­tec­tives were able to de­ter­mine that Michael Hanusey was the source of the heroin and fen­tanyl in­gested by the vic­tim, which caused her death. Hanusey was charged with Drug De­liv­ery Re­sult­ing in Death and re­lated charges.

On Jan. 31, 2018, a war­rant of ar­rest for Hanusey was is­sued by Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Brian K. Strand on the afore­men­tioned charges. Hanusey is cur­rently in­car­cer­ated at Berks County Prison as a re­sult of the drug ar­rest on May 18, 2017. He will be ar­raigned on the new charges.

Michael Hanusey

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