Utah mother and daughter face drug charges after guest overdoses

A mother and daughter from Herriman face serious drug charges after a guest in their home overdosed from a combination of drugs and alcohol in mid-January. Police say that they were called to the home on Jan. 15 and found two unconscious males, ages 19 and 20. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived.

Authorities allege that the 20-year-old and three 19-year-old males went to the home the night before where a 36-year-old woman greeted them and gave them alcohol. The woman’s 61-year-old mother was also in the home and reportedly gave the young men cocaine.

According to the complaint, the women gave the men a variety of prescription medications and illicit drugs throughout the night. Two young teens were also home during the drug party according to the criminal complaint. A search of the home allegedly uncovered cocaine, marijuana, morphine, and other drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The 36-year-old woman and her mother face a variety of drug related charges including drug possession, possession with intent to distribute, and child endangerment. The mother also faces a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

It is unclear how the women knew the young men or why the women allegedly hosted the men at their home. It is also unclear why the women would call authorities to their home without disposing of the illicit drugs first, or if the drugs belonged to the women.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, “Herriman mother and daughter charged in drug overdose death,” Erin Alberty, Mar. 20, 2012

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