Heroin sale linked to Medford overdose death

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A Medford man faces federal drug charges alleging he facilitated heroin deals for a man who fatally overdosed last summer.

Pedro Sanchez, 22, is accused of helping Robert Minnick, roughly four decades his senior, buy heroin the night before he was found dead July 22 in the 1100 block of Spring Street, according to a document filed by the FBI Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Medford.

A search of Minnick’s phone showed that 14 of the last 15 calls Minnick made were to Sanchez’ cell, according to the FBI, while his last call had been to a phone belonging to Sanchez’ mother.

Police obtained a subpoena for Sanchez’ phone number, and they found 140 text messages or phone calls between the men from October 2017 to July, court documents say.

“The communication typically occurred once per month,” according to the FBI.

Police interviewed Sanchez in September, according to court documents, and Sanchez allegedly admitted to taking Minnick to a sports bar in Medford the night before he died so he could purchase 2 grams of heroin for $200. In exchange for his middle-man role, Sanchez received a $40 “finder’s fee” with which to gamble at the bar, court documents allege.

“I only helped him out about five times,” Sanchez allegedly told investigators.

Sanchez was booked in Jackson County Jail Wednesday on charges of delivering heroin, conspiring to deliver heroin and aiding and abetting in the delivery of heroin. Records showed Sanchez was no longer lodged at the jail Thursday, and his first court appearance was set for Friday.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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