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Man Charged With Supplying Heroin That Caused Woman's Death

by on March 22, 2014 8:35 AM

A suspect has been arrested and accused of supplying drugs that caused the death of an unidentified woman from Boalsburg last January.

According to Ferguson Township Police, 27-year-old Ryan Kemp is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kemp allegedly delivered heroin and clonazepam to the woman who died at Kemp's home on Fairbrook Drive.

A statement from police says Kemp and the woman "shot up" either late on Jan. 24 or in the early morning hours of Jan. 25. The pair began watching a movie and then fell asleep. When Kemp awoke he discovered the woman was dead.

Police and an ambulance arrived at Kemp's home just after 8 a.m. A Centre County Coroner's Investigation Report says the cause of death was an overdose.

Police believe Kemp traveled to Williamsport, Pa. on Jan. 24 to buy the heroin and then invited the woman over to get high with him.

There is no evidence to suggest the heroin in this case was laced with fentanyl. That combination of drugs had caused multiple deaths in the Pittsburgh area around the same time as this incident.

Police say Kemp was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot and was ordered held at the Centre County Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at 8:30 a.m.

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