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Newport woman jailed on suspicion of third-degree murder after man dies of possible methadone overdose

Authorities say a man died of a possible methadone overdose early Saturday and they arrested a Newport woman in connection with the death.

Newport police officers were called at 1:41 a.m. Saturday to an apartment complex at 1624 10th Ave., for a 32-year-old man who had reportedly overdosed on methadone, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Newport police.

The man was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he later died. His identity had not been made public as of Monday afternoon.

A woman was arrested and will be charged with homicide, police said over the weekend.

Washington County jail records showed that a 42-year-old woman who lives in the apartment complex where the reported overdose occurred was booked into jail at 3:30 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of third-degree murder without intent to cause death and third-degree controlled substance. She was being held in jail but had not been charged as of Monday afternoon.

The sheriff's Coordinated Narcotics Task Force and Investigation Division was assisting Newport police in the investigation.

Police early this week did not release any further information about the death, citing the ongoing investigation.

Methadone is used as a pain reliever or to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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