Sidney Police have reported the recent death of a local man was caused by a heroin overdose, and the person believed to have sold him the drug has been arrested.
In the early hours of Sunday, Feb. 23, Sidney officers responded to 317 New St. on a report of a nonresponsive man to find that man, 31-year-old Bryan Thompson, deceased. He was an occupant at the residence.
Investigators called to the scene determined that Thompson had died of a heroin overdose. Evidence was discovered that investigators believed revealed the identity of the person who had sold him the heroin that led to his death.
On Friday, police executed a search warrant at 627 N. Main Ave. and found evidence that indicated that an occupant of that residence, Thomas McMahon, 31, was engaged in “drug activity behavior.” McMahon was arrested and further evidence supported that he was the seller of the heroin that killed Thompson, police said.
McMahon was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
Chief William Balling added the following statement on heroin in the local community:
“The City of Sidney and the Sidney Police Department remains committed to the detection and enforcement of all illegal drugs. Heroin is a very serious illegal drug that has been widely talked about in the news over the last few years. Sidney is no different than any other community in the country and we have also been affected by heroin. In 2013 Sidney paramedics responded to 34 reports of someone possibly overdosing on drugs. Most of these calls were due to heroin overdoses. Four of these individuals did not make it and were pronounced dead due to a heroin overdose. Three more died due to possible heroin overdoses. On Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, we experienced another loss of a life due to a heroin overdose.
“This trend cannot continue and it will take the community to help stop it. This will take people helping from all aspects of life, including but not limited to, community members, medical personnel, treatment centers and law enforcement personnel to help reduce these tragic events. As a department we are going to continue to actively enforce all the drug abuse and trafficking laws to the best of our ability. We are not only looking for the individuals who use illegal drugs, we are also looking for the individuals that supply the drugs to them. If someone sells an individual heroin or any another drugs and they die from that drug we are going to be actively looking for who sold them the drugs for possible prosecution up to a felony of the first degree.
“Heroin is a very deadly and addictive drug. I encourage anyone that knows of someone with a heroin abuse problem to help them get the treatment that they need. This trend has to stop for all of our sakes.”