Accused heroin dealer faces murder charge after overdose death
SLIDELL - Police in Slidell have arrested a man on a second degree murder charge after he allegedly sold heroin to a man who overdosed and died last year.
Slidell Police arrested Joseph Laue on Monday and booked him on one count of second degree homicide and two counts of distribution of heroin.
In August 2015, Slidell Police said they were called to a home in regards to an unresponsive man. At the scene, they found Albert Marant dead from an apparent drug overdose. An autoposy later determined that Marant had died from a heroin overdose.
After an investigation that went on for nearly a year, Slidell Police determined that Laue had supplied Marant with the heroin that was believed to have caused his death.
"With today's national Heroin epidemic, everyone loses," said Slidell Police Chief E.J. Howard.
"One family lost their son as he battled with his own narcotics addition, and another family’s son, Joseph Laue, now faces the possibility of life in prison. There is help out there for anyone struggling with addiction, the Operation Angel program is just one of many designed to help those who are struggling."