Hamilton woman facing charges related to fatal drug overdose

2013-08-28T06:15:00Z 2013-08-28T06:55:33Z Hamilton woman facing charges related to fatal drug overdoseBy PERRY BACKUS - Ravalli Republic Ravalli Republic
August 28, 2013 6:15 am  • 

A Hamilton woman is facing charges in a case that resulted in an apparent fatal drug overdose last week.

Erica Ann Cummings, 28, appeared before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey on two counts of felony criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

Ravalli County officials said additional charges may be filed in the case.

Cummings was arrested late last week after a 20-year-old Victor man died from an apparent drug overdose after consuming alcohol and methadone at a Corvallis residence.

Court records said Ravalli County sheriff’s officers found EMS responders performing CPR on the man at the home on Honey House Lane after responding to a call on Aug. 22.

The man later died at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

The man’s girlfriend told law enforcement the man had consumed alcohol and methadone the night before, said court records.

The woman allegedly identified Cummings as the person who sold and bartered 10 to 12 pills to the deceased.

Court records said the first six to eight pills were traded in exchange for cash and a marijuana pipe at about 9 p.m. The woman said Cummings traded an additional four pills one hour later in exchange for a backpack and a large serrated knife.

After obtaining a search warrant, Cummings’ home was searched. During questioning, court records said Cummings admitted selling or bartering 10 methadone pills to the man.

Bailey set bond at $25,000.

Reach reporter Perry Backus at 363-3300 or pbackus@ravallirepublic.com.

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  1. David
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    David - September 03, 2013 9:39 am
    I take it I can sue town pump if I get a DUI. Because they sold me the beer. Did I hear that right?
  2. Buck Sanchez
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    Buck Sanchez - August 29, 2013 7:37 pm
    That kid chose to take those drugs himself! If she didn't sell them to him he would have found a way to get them elsewhere. That's what addicts do! Yes she should be charged with distribution, but homicide? No!
  3. Buck Sanchez
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    Buck Sanchez - August 29, 2013 5:16 pm
    That kid chose to take those drugs himself! If she didn't sell them to him he would have found a way to get them elsewhere. That's what addicts do! Yes she should be charged with distribution, but homicide? No!
  4. Livinitupinmt
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    Livinitupinmt - August 28, 2013 3:27 pm
    GOOD! I hope she goes to prison and I hope she is charged to the max!...who knows how long she has been been doing this not to mention how many lives she has affected..and those who knew she was doing this, well they all should be held accountable as well they could have reported her and stopped this from happening! ..Makes me sick..Make all these type of people fully accountable and responsible for what they do...after all you never know when it can be your kids or family members. I myself have a hard time feeling sorry for these types of people who sell and do this and I hope she gets prison and charged to the max..after all a 20 year old man is gone now because of her and to all the others who knew she was doing this and DID NOTHING!!

    So sorry for their loss to his family, friends and loved ones..very sad and again I hope the family/friends/loved ones presses charges and sends her to prison for life after all she just took someone else life knowing exactly what the consequences were!
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