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October 21, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL CHARGES THREE MEN WITH DRUG-INDUCED HOMICIDE, CRIMINAL DRUG CONSPIRACY IN HEROIN OVERDOSE DEATH

Chicago  — Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced charges against three men in the drug-induced homicide of a Carol Stream man. Timothy Kim, 35, of Carol Stream, Illinois, died after overdosing on fentanyl and heroin that was allegedly sold by Stanley Carter, 28, of Streamwood, and delivered by Lee Crosby, 35, and Nathan Crosby, 34, both of Willowbrook.

Carter, Lee Crosby and Nathan Crosby were all charged in DuPage County Circuit Court with one count of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison; one count of criminal drug conspiracy, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to three to seven years in prison; and one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to three to seven years in prison. Lee and Nathan Crosby were also charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to one to three years in prison. Bond was set at $250,000 for Carter, $750,000 for Lee Crosby and $750,000 for Nathan Crosby.

“Opioid addiction continues to take lives and destroy families and communities throughout Illinois,” Raoul said. “I appreciate the collaborations with local law enforcement that help ensure the individuals who sell and traffic heroin and fentanyl are held fully accountable for their actions. I will continue to work to protect communities from the devastation of the opioid epidemic.”

Attorney General Raoul’s office alleges that in January 2021, Kim made arrangements through Lee Crosby to buy heroin from Carter. The Attorney General’s office is alleging the Crosbys completed the transaction by meeting with an associate of Carter’s and then delivering the drugs to Kim in Carol Stream. According to Raoul, Kim’s father found his son dead in his bedroom on Jan. 18 near a small baggie containing what was later confirmed to be a heroin mixture. The DuPage County Coroner’s office ruled Kim’s death as the result of a combination of fentanyl and isopropyl intoxication.

The case was investigated by the Carol Stream Police Department and the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

“It is my hope that holding the men responsible for Mr. Kim’s death provides some small amount of comfort to his family,” said Carol Stream Police Chief Bill Holmer. “As we continue to see rising numbers in opioid related deaths, we must continue to investigate and prosecute these cases. It is important to recognize the Carol Stream investigators who, with assistance from the Illinois State Police and DUMEG, worked diligently through a complex case to bring these facts to the prosecutor.”

“DUMEG is proud to partner with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Carol Stream Police Department in combating the opioid epidemic,” said DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group Director Jose Chairez. “By combining our resources, our agencies were able to identify the individuals responsible for delivering these dangerous drugs and tragically taking another life. We hope these arrests bring some justice and closure to the victim’s family.”

Previously in March, the Attorney General’s office indicted Carter on six counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, four counts of criminal drug conspiracy, and one count of narcotics racketeering. Each count is a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

The public is reminded that the defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Whitfield is handling prosecution of the case for Raoul’s Statewide Grand Jury Bureau.

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