HOUGHTON LAKE – A Saginaw man has been charged in the overdose death of a Houghton Lake woman last September.
According to a Nov. 22 statement from Roscommon County Undersheriff Ben Lowe, Ronald Rolland Landskroener, 54, of Saginaw was charged in 82nd District Court today on one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death, one count of Delivery of Methamphetamine, one count of Delivery of Fentanyl; and was charged as a habitual offender, having at least three prior felony convictions.
According to an earlier statement from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department, on Sept. 6, deputies were sent to 8615 W. Emery Rd. in Roscommon Township for a suspected overdose. Deputies arrived on scene and found a 42-year-old woman from Houghton Lake deceased at the home.
It was later found during autopsy that the victim died of a mixed toxicity of Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, and Xylazine.
On Nov. 20 Landskroener was arrested and lodged at the Roscommon County Jail in connection with the death.
“We wish to thank the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team, the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Teams, and Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group for their assistance,” Undersheriff Ben Lowe said in the statement.
Xylazine is being found increasingly mixed with Fentanyl. It is a tranquilizer and not an opioid, therefore Narcan/Naloxone cannot reverse its effects. It is an extremely dangerous drug and has been declared an emerging threat by the Federal Government. People who inject drug mixtures containing Xylazine also can develop severe wounds, including necrosis—the rotting of human tissue—that may lead to amputation.
“Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing death is life offense. Our deputies and investigators will continue to relentlessly pursue all suspects who bring this sort of destruction into our community,” Lowe said.
For more information on this emerging threat, see these sources: