WIFE ARRESTED AFTER HUSBAND’S DEATH: Suspected fentanyl overdose, wife charged with distribution

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GREELEY, Colo. (KDVR) – The wife of a man believed to have died of a fentanyl overdose has been arrested after police found counterfeit pills in the home and in his possession.

On the morning of March 21, Amy Conradson, 36, found her 33-year-old husband unresponsive in a house in the 1500 block of 12th Avenue, Greeley police said. Paramedics tried to save him but were unsuccessful.

The Weld County Drug Task Force was then called to the scene, obtained warrants, and found approximately 160 counterfeit blue “M-30” pills suspected of containing fentanyl, a small amount of heroin and a loaded handgun during their search.

When officers searched Conradson while taking her into custody, they found “additional evidence of counterfeit M-30 blue pills in her possession.”

Court records show that Conradson faces the following charges:

  • 1 count of unlawfully distributing a Schedule I controlled substance
  • 3 special offenders count for a criminal drug offense near a school, possession of a deadly weapon during a criminal offense and possession of a firearm that poses a risk to others
  • 4 counts of child abuse

Police said the home is located near Jefferson Junior High School.

She is a former offender arrested in 2019 for trafficking contraband to a prison and 2021 for distributing/selling dangerous drugs and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Commander Scott Smith at 970-351-5211.

What Lawmakers Are Doing About the Fentanyl Crisis

Colorado lawmakers have a bill in play to toughen the crackdown on fentanyl dealers whose drugs cause death. There were 709 fentanyl-related deaths in Colorado last year, a tenfold increase since 2015.

The bill makes illegal possession of any material, compound, mixture or preparation weighing more than 4 grams and containing any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil or any of their analogues a level four drug felony.

“We’re almost three Coloradans a day dying from a fentanyl overdose. Treating this thing like it’s marijuana, or treating it like it’s speeding, is offensive to the value of the human life,” former district attorney George Brauchler, who is now a CSI Criminal Justice Fellow, said Monday during a virtual panel discussion.

“Fentanyl kills, period, more than any other drug we’ve seen in a long time. If we don’t start treating him like the killer he is, he will continue to kill more and more,” he said.

Brauchler and former Denver prosecutor Mitch Morrissey, also a CSI Criminal Justice Fellow, want tougher laws.

More than 150 people signed up to testify on Tuesday as a bill aimed at tackling Colorado’s fentanyl crisis debuted for its first committee hearing.

The Fentanyl Prevention and Accountability Act hearing began Tuesday afternoon and lasted for hours with a large number of witnesses signed up to speak.

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