WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - For the first time in nearly two decades, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office has charged a suspected drug dealer with murder following a heroin overdose.
According to arrest warrants, Aquan De'Shae Richardson, 25, reportedly killed Joshua McBride, 28, with "malice caused by the unlawful distribution of heroin." Detectives believe Richardson distributed the narcotics knowing they would likely cause serious injury or death. The offense took place on May 18, 2016.
Richardson was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder. His bond was set at $5.5 million.
Richardson additionally was charged with:
- 2 counts of selling/delivering a schedule 1 controlled substance
- 2 counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver or deliver a schedule 1 controlled substance
- 2 counts of manufacturing/Selling/Delivering/Possession of a controlled substance within 100 feet of a school
- Selling/Delivering heroin
- 2 counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver or deliver heroin
- Sell/Deliver counterfeit controlled substance
- Possession with intent to sell/deliver a control substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
According to arrest warrants, the drug offenses took place in August and September of this year. In at least one case, Richardson tried to sell heroin to a Wilmington Police Department confidential source.
Richardson's next court date is set for Oct. 6.