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Two Charged in Drug-Induced Homicide

Ricardo Bryant Source: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
Ricardo Bryant Source: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

A DuPage County Judge on Tuesday set the bond for two individuals charged with drug-induced homicide for the September 2013 death of Christopher Houdek, 21, of Carol Stream, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney press release. 

Ricardo Bryant, 31, of Chicago, and Adrianna Diana, 21 of Carol Stream, have each been charged with one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X Felony. 

Bryant appeared in bond court Tuesday morning where Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond at $2 million with 10 percent to apply. If Bryant raises the necessary amount to secure his release, he will first have to appear for a bail hearing to determine whether any of the money from his bond was the result of illegal activity, according to the news release. 

Diana appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where Judge Jeff Mckay set bond at $100,000 with 10 percent to apply.

On Sept. 27, 2013, police responded to a 911 call at Diana’s home. Upon arrival, police discovered Houdek unconscious at the residence. 

Houdek was transported to an area hospital where he later died from what authorities later learned to be a heroin overdose.

Prosecutors said Diana made arrangements with Houdek on Sept. 27 to meet him in the parking lot outside her home for the purpose of supplying him with heroin, according to the news release. 

Prior to meeting with Houdek, prosecutors said Diana met with Bryant and received the heroin she supplied to Houdek from Bryan. When Diana met Houdek in the parking lot, the two went into Diana’s home where Houdek used the drug before losing consciousness, according to the news release. 

Following a four-month-long investigation, Bryant was taken into custody Monday afternoon, while Diana turned herself in to authorities Tuesday morning.

“Christopher Houdek was one of 46 people who died of a heroin overdose in DuPage County last year,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in the news release. “That averages out to nearly one heroin overdose death per week. These senseless deaths have got to stop. We have got to get the word out that heroin is an indiscriminate killer and your chances of survival diminish with each use. 

In addition to the Drug Induced Homicide Charge, Bryant and Diana are also charged with one count of Criminal Drug Conspiracy, a Class 1 Felony. The next court date for both Bryant and Diana is scheduled for March 10. 

Robert February 12, 2014 at 08:24 PM
I know we need to arrest dealers but this may deter others to call 911 when their friends are dying from heroin overdose. Houdek is equally complicit in his own death. Its easy for anyone to obtain heroin, dealers arent hard to find and arrest.
Harold Sullivan February 12, 2014 at 09:48 PM
This is the kind of filth that is being imported into our communities. "Ricardo of Chicago" Big surprise. Thank god for CCW. Thank for the 2nd.
WillB February 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM
There is a newer law that protects those who call 911 in these circumstances. It's called the Good Samaritan law. Has certain parameters though.
NotyourJennifer February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Our own Gov't is importing heroin from Afghanistan. The war on drugs is a hoax. May 2001: Secretary of State Powell gives $43 million in aid to Afghanistan's Taliban government, purportedly to assist hungry farmers who are starving since the destruction of their opium crop in January on orders of the Taliban. [[Los Angeles Times, 5/22/01] This follows $113 million given by the US in 2000 for humanitarian aid. [State Department Fact Sheet, 12/11/01] February 18, 2002: The Financial Times reports that the estimated opium harvest in Afghanistan in June 2002 will reach a record 4500 metric tons. Afghanistan is supplying 95% of the heroin in Europe, but the US shows "little interest" in stopping the production. [Financial Times, 2/18/02]
Mark C February 13, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I doubt the US Gov't has anything to do with the smuggling of heroin into this country; however, they turned a blind eye for way too long on big pharma, pain clinics, and the abuse of pain killers. These pharmaceutical companies should be held financially responsible for the treatment of addiction to their pain meds, but just like big banks, nothing will happen. Their CEOs will be paid huge bonuses while our society suffers for their greed.
NotyourJennifer February 13, 2014 at 01:56 PM
I agree Mark, 100%. But you have to believe our Gov't is behind the HUGE heroin epidemic going on right now. They can spy on our phone calls, emails, mail, etc. But they can't bust the copious amounts of heroin being imported in our country? Drugs = money for them. Our Gov't is nothing but a crooked business. We have to take our country back.
Dan February 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM
silly democRATS.

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