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June 17, 2015

Eugene Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Delivery of Heroin That Contributed to Overdose Death

EUGENE, OR—Megan Suzanne Jacob, 25, of Lane County, Oregon, was sentenced on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. Following her release from prison, Jacob will be on supervised release for five years.

Following a drug overdose death, the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team and the FBI investigated the source of supply of the drugs taken by the deceased and determined that Jacob had sold, and injected, the heroin that contributed to the death. In July 2014, law enforcement made a series of undercover drug buys of methamphetamine and heroin from Jacob for which she was ultimately arrested and pled guilty

Law enforcement determined that on the day of the overdose, Jacob had been introduced to the victim, a first-time heroin user, through a mutual friend. The two later met at a hotel where she sold the deceased heroin, and administered an injection. Later that same night, the deceased asked for more heroin. Jacob gave another injection to the deceased, who began to overdose. Jacob left the hotel, apparently while the deceased was still alive, and did not call 9-1-1. The deceased was later discovered in the hotel room. After a medical examination, the cause of death was determined to be a mixed drug overdose of heroin and methamphetamine. Because the deceased had used a significant amount of methamphetamine earlier in the day that was obtained from another source, the death could not solely be attributed to Jacob and her distribution of heroin.

Acting U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said that, “Heroin is a deadly drug that causes far too many tragic and needless deaths. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our federal and local law enforcement partners to fight this epidemic, and to hold heroin traffickers accountable.”

Jacob has prior felony convictions for possession of heroin and methamphetamine and failure to appear.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Eugene Resident Agency office of the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sweet.

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