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Man charged in deadly heroin overdose, believed to be victim’s dealer

The man suspected of supplying the heroin that killed Alex Solberg of Hudson last December has been charged with first degree reckless homicide in St. Croix County Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Samuel James Taylor, 26, address unknown, had been Solberg’s dealer for some time. The information about Taylor came from a confidential informant who first contacted Solberg’s mother and then talked to Hudson police. He told police that he had talked with Taylor shortly after Solberg’s overdose and that Taylor said, “I sold the drugs that killed Alex.”

Police checked Solberg’s phone records as well as those of the informant and traced calls to a phone listed to Taylor. Records indicate that there were several conversations from Solberg to the number listed to Taylor on Nov. 30, three days before Solberg’s death.

The informant also identified Taylor from a photograph as the person he knew to be Solberg’s dealer.

Solberg was a 2009 graduate of Hudson High School. His body was found at a room in the Royal Inn on Dec. 3, 2012. Heroin residue, prescription drug bottles and drug paraphernalia were found in the room with him. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office listed his cause of death as acute heroin toxicity.

Taylor is currently on probation in Minnesota in connection with felony drug charges in two counties.

According to Hudson police, Taylor is in custody in Wright County, Minn. and will be extradited to St. Croix County to face the charge.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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