Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com:
A Laplace man has been booked with second-degree murder for supplying the heroin that led to a man’s 2018 overdose in Mandeville, authorities said Wednesday (April 24).
Danearl Brown, 45, is being held in the St. Tammany Parish jail on the murder charge and a charge of distribution of heroin, the Mandeville Police Department reported Wednesday. Brown was arrested on March 7.
Brown is accused in the death of Christopher Stier, 47.
Mandeville police were dispatched June 2, 2018, to a death investigation in the 1100 block of Villere Street, police said in a news release. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office later determined that Stier died of an overdose, finding heroin and at least two different opioids in his system, police said.
In the following months, detectives carried out search warrants and followed up on leads that identified the suspected dealer who supplied the drugs to Stier, according to police.
In February, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Brown, who remains in the parish jail with bond set at $300,000.
In the news release, Police Chief Gerald Sticker said, “I would like to commend my detectives for their tenacity in being able to piece together the final hours of Mr. Stier’s life and objectively connect him to his suspected dealer.”