Murder charge filed in fatal overdose

Published 7:31 am Thursday, June 22, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man suspected of providing the fentanyl that killed an Edina man is charged with murder.

Anthony West is jailed in Hennepin County on $500,000 bail. The 43-year-old West is charged with third-degree murder in the Feb. 25 death of a 27-year-old man who was not identified in a criminal complaint.

The Star Tribune reports prosecutors around the state have been increasingly seeking murder charges against dealers who sell illicit drugs that result in a fatal overdose.

West has a lengthy criminal record, including sexual assault, theft and obscenity involving a minor. West’s public defender did not immediately return a call for comment.