EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Two people are facing homicide charges after a man died from a fentanyl overdose in Eau Claire last December. The man accused of selling the deadly dose was in court Wednesday.
Investigators believe 33-year-old Trenton Wik, pictured on the left, sold Noah Beckstead, on the right, fentanyl disguised as heroin.
According to court documents, Wik considered the fentanyl he was selling to be “extremely potent”. The victim reportedly took several drugs with Beckstead before injecting the drug purchased from Wik.
Beckstead said when the victim became unresponsive, he tried to call 911 but his phone died. The victim was found dead in his car the next morning.
An autopsy revealed he suffered from “acute fentanyl toxicity.”
Officer Josh Miller with Eau Claire Police says they respond to overdose situations nearly every day.
“We are seeing an uptick in the amount of fentanyl we’re seeing. What we are seeing is that people who are selling will obtain a large amount of pure fentanyl and then use cutting agents and sell it as heroin because they can sell a greater amount and make more money,” said Miller.
Marshfield Medical Clinic Eau Claire Medical Director Dr. Brent Sorge says he’s seen too many people die from a fentanyl overdose.
“The thing that happens with an overdose is you just stop breathing. Then when you aren’t breathing enough your heart will stop because you aren’t getting any oxygen and it will lead to brain death as well,” said Dr. Sorge
To give you a better understanding of how potent this fentanyl batch was, Trenton Wik told investigators he would only smoke it because he was afraid, he would overdose if he injected it, and that decision came after he did overdose and had to be revived with Narcan, by his supplier.
In addition to the homicide charge, Wik is facing other counts including the attempted battery of a law enforcement officer.
His second court date is set for May 19.
Beckstead is expected to appear on the homicide charge on April 14.