One of two men charged in the February overdose death of a St. Louis County man waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Colton James Lurye, 27, faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide. He remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail. Cash bond of $10,000 was set in the case, and Lurye was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s parents.
Lurye is accused of selling fentanyl pills to the victim and the victim’s girlfriend from his Superior residence for $50 each. Following the man’s death, St. Louis County deputies searched the girlfriend’s phone and turned up a series of text messages between her and Lurye that were indicative of a drug sale, according to the criminal complaint.
A search warrant was executed at Lurye’s apartment in Superior four days after the pills were sold to the victim and officers found 482 pills weighing more than 82 grams in Lurye’s bedroom, the complaint said. The pills were marked as oxycodone, but tested positive for fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that has a much higher potency. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Luke John Hansmeyer, 35, of Duluth has also been charged with first-degree reckless homicide for the overdose death. Hansmeyer allegedly supplied the fentanyl pills to Lurye just before he sold them to the victim. Cash bail of $50,000 was set for Hansmeyer, and he was ordered to have no contact with Lurye or the victim's parents. His next court appearance was set for Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Lurye’s next court appearance was set for Dec. 29.
The first-degree reckless homicide charge, a class C felony, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.