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Two arrested in connection with man's death from heroin

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 05:56 AM CST
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

MECHANICSBURG -- Two men are behind bars Wednesday night in connection with the death of a man who took heroin. 

Silver Spring Township Police, in conjunction with the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, arrested Alec Laessig, 23, of Camp Hill, Pa., and David Koker, 20, of Mechanicsburg.

Officials said the two supplied heroin to a 21-year-old man from Silver Spring Township hours before he died from the drug; the first heroin-induced death in the township in recent times, according to police. 

Court documents state the victim, as well as two others, purchased the heroin from Koker earlier in the week. 

Family members discovered the man dead in his home along West Trindle Road Monday morning and officers report had needles, heroin, and drug paraphernalia by his side. 

Within hours, officials made contact with the two people the victim had allegedly purchased drugs with and arranged a drug deal to nab the apparent dealers.

Through swift action, officers had a hand in the deal and promptly arrested Koker and Laessig after following them to a Burger King in Lemoyne.

Investigators used social media where they discovered messages on Facebook they believe were exchanged between the buyers and the two men in custody.

While under arrest, officers discovered nearly 260 bags of heroin on Koker’s body. 

Police believe Koker and Laessig were selling heroin throughout Cumberland County, though police superintendent Richard Hammon said the heroin problem is a growing epidemic in Cumberland County.

“We took two of them off the street and I wouldn’t doubt there are two out there filling the gap,” said Hammon.  

Koker and Laessig face third degree homicide charges and numerous related charges. Both men remain in Cumberland County Prison on a $500,000 bail.
Two arrested in connection with man's death from heroin

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