Five teens charged with murder after girl overdoses

By Michelle Kapusta,

Authorities said that five Minnesota teens were charged with murder on Wednesday after a 17-year-old girl died of a drug overdose.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, prosecutors filed murder charges against the suppliers of a drug marketed as LSD, which Tara Fitzgerald took just hours before her death on Jan. 11.

“We think there’s a moral obligation to keep kids free of drugs,” said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. “We’re sending a message that suppliers will be held fully to account.”

KARE 11 reported that third-degree murder charges were issued against Alexander Lee Clausen and Cole Alexander Matenaer, both 19, and 17-year-old Sydney Claire Johnson, Alistair Curtis Berg and Brian Phillip Norlander.

An investigation by Woodbury Police concluded that Fitzgerald ingested a synthetic drug identified as 25i-NBOMe. Prosecutors believe that the drug originated with Claussen, who later sold it to Matenaer, who then sold it to the underage teens.

A search of Claussen’s home turned up 300 doses of the drug.

The Medical Examiner determined that the teen died from complications of 25i-NBOMe toxicity.



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