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Oak Grove man sentenced for selling fatal heroin overdose

Joshua Leroux will serve 20 years in federal prison
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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 18:03:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 35-year-old Oak Grove man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in jail for distributing heroin that led to an Arizona man’s death.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced that Joshua A. Leroux will spend 20 years in a federal prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2017 death.

The overdose victim, who was visiting family in Lee’s Summit, died after ingesting heroin Leroux admitted to supplying when he pleaded guilty to the crime in November 2019.

The case was investigated by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

He was arrested in February 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that left one police officer injured, according to KMA radio in Iowa.