MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - Last year, a high school student in Medina died after using heroin. Police and prosecutors went after the suppliers and today, they got a second conviction in the case.
Brittnee Johns was just 17 when she was found dead in her bedroom in May 2013. She was a senior at Medina High School and died just two days before graduation.
Today, a 31-year-old Medina woman, Heather Graham, was found guilty of supplying the heroin. Medina's Police Chief, Patrick Berarducci, said it's an important conviction.
"It sends a strong message to the community that we value everybody's life and that you're not going to come in our town and kill our children and leave unscathed," said Chief Berarducci.
Medina police say with heroin-related deaths rising, the problem needed an unusual remedy. Drug deaths here are treated as homicides and detectives get sent out on every overdose.
That approach solved Brittnee John's case.
"I'm like a proud father when I see this, said the Chief. "I want them to understand that every case is an important case, but especially when someone's child dies."
A teenager's life is cut short, but someone is paying the price.
"It's a proud day for us. And I'm sure it's a sad day for the victim's family. But hopefully we gave them some comfort by what we did," Chief Berarducci said.
He likens the battle against drugs to the battle against terrorism, saying that if you see something, say something. An united effort made a difference in this case.
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