Long Prison Terms In Drug Death
Posted by Childress on August 8, 2006
This is an old story I just caught wind of when I noticed someone came to The Drug Report via a browser search for Thairon Hawk. The story serves as a warning against GHB and its chemical cousins. It also evidences reprehensible behavior by a number of people who could have made better, more moral, choices.
Killed by the drug Butanediol was Meghan Maroney, 18. From the May 14, 2006 edition of the Anchorage (AK) Daily News:
Two men were sentenced Friday for their roles in the death of a 16-year-old girl who died as a result of a drug overdose in 2003, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Glade Lusk, 22, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison while Matthew O’Connor, 26, got 10 years.
Lusk pleaded guilty last January to possession of the drug Butanediol with intent to distribute. The drug also is known as BD and is similar to the date-rape drug GHB.
Lusk admitted having possession of a bottle containing the drug and being present when it was consumed by a number of people, including Chugiak High School student Meghan Maroney, June 12, 2003, in an apartment in Anchorage.
Lusk also pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact for his part in trying to conceal what had occurred. Because of Lusk’s admitted background of selling drugs, primarily “ecstasy” pills, he received more than 13 years in prison.
Two other defendants, O’Connor and Thairon Hawk, also were charged in the fatal overdose of the girl.
Both pleaded guilty, Hawk for trying to dispose of the drug, and O’Connor for distributing it. Hawk was earlier sentenced to 35 months in federal prison.
According to police, Maroney and an 18-year-old woman took doses of the drug at a late night gathering. Maroney died. The other teenager became sick but recovered.