Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire overdose

John Smolinski, 26
John Smolinski, 26

A 26-year-old Wood Dale man has been charged with drug-induced homicide for allegedly selling heroin to a Lincolnshire man who overdosed and died last month.

John Smolinski, 26, of 146 North Edgewood Ave., Wood Dale, is being held on $500,000 bond in Lake County Jail after he was arrested Aug. 23 walking down a street in Wood Dale, according to police.

Lincolnshire Investigator John-Erik Anderson said the case marks the first drug induced homicide in the village.

The arrest stems from an incident July 28 when a 911 call for rescue was received at 9:30 a.m. and police found Connor Moore, 26, unresponsive in his home, police said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy with blood and urine samples that suggested Moore had used opiates.

Moore and Smolinski were introduced through a mutual friend, Anderson said. After Moore’s overdose, police “started to backtrack, through various channels, who saw this guy last,” Anderson said.

By using witness statements and cellular telephone records, police determined that Smolinski met with Moore on Chicago’s West Side to sell him heroin, Anderson said.

After returning home Moore used some of the drugs and overdosed, police said. Family members tried to wake him in the morning and then called 911, police said.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said drug overdoses have decreased over the past three years, but heroin overdoses appear to have gone up this year, compared to last year. Rudd said he did not have exact numbers readily available.

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