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Heroin Distribution Charge Related to Roommate's Death

Man facing charges called heroin "the devil," and said he hates the drug.

The St. Charles County Prosecutors office charged a St. Charles man April 16 in connection with his roommate’s fatal overdose in December.

Christopher R. Frambers, 23, is charged with distributing heroin, a class B felony. Normally, the charge is associated with selling or making a controlled substance, but it also applies to distributing or delivering illegal drugs.

His roommate, Andrew Eckert, was discovered dead in the house the two shared in the 500 block of Madison Avenue on Dec. 17. An April 9 St. Charles County Medical Examiners’ report said the cause of death was a heroin overdose.

Officers found seven capsules Eckert’s dresser drawer, empty capsules and straws with white residue. The powder tested positive for heroin. Investigators also found messages on Eckert’s cell phone indicating that Frambers distributed heroin to Eckert, according to a written statement by the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department.

Frambers told investigators that Eckert wanted heroin but couldn’t leave to get it. So Frambers went to St. Louis, bought heroin and brought it to the house in St. Charles, according to the report.

Frambers told investigators that Eckert “didn’t deserve what happened to him.” He called heroin “the devil,” and said he hated it, according to the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department report.

He also said the heroin he gave Eckert was good, but he used too much of it.

The report also quoted him as saying, “I know cops are getting so (expletive) sick of this dope they’re trying to pin someone that’s responsible for it. They’re even trying to charge the dope dealers with murder. You know I’m not trying to be charged with no murder cause I went and got the dope.”

There were 18 heroin-related deaths in St. Charles County in 2011. So far, there have been seven heroin-related deaths in the county in 2012. If that pace continues, the county would eclipse its high of 22 deaths in 2010.

Allison Eckert April 28, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Rest in peace to my dear big brother, Andrew. I'm happy to finally know what happened, and I hope justice is served accordingly.
Geri Greene February 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM
A movement is gathering energy to make people aware of the dangers of drugs which have become the same price as a pack of cigarettes. www.notevenonce.org is one such group and a campaign to pass Valerie's Law is designed to encourage others who are with someone who has overdosed to notify medical help vs. abandon someone in distress. Heroin is one of many poisons and kids feel it won't happen to them. Some 200 of them were proven wrong last year. Don't look down on these lost souls - reach out to show them a different way.

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