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Person Being Questioned After At Least 4 People Die From Fentanyl-Laced Heroin, Police Say

At least 14 people overdosed from heroin on the West and Northwest sides on Tuesday, police said.

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CHICAGO — A person of interest is being questioned after at least four people died from heroin overdoses earlier this week, police said.

At least 14 people overdosed, leading to four deaths, from fentanyl-laced heroin on Tuesday, police said. Most of the overdoses occurred in the 11th District on the West Side, but at least one also happened on the Northwest Side.

The drug was possibly passed out by someone in a silver car near Chicago and Homan avenues on Tuesday, police said.

Around the same time, the overdoses starting happening, with ambulances taking people to hospitals across the city, including Norwegian-American Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, West Suburban Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.

One person died and was found 9:42 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of North Homan Avenue, police said. Another three people had died by noon Wednesday, an officer said Wednesday.

Tests showed the heroin that led to the overdoses contained fentanyl, an antidepressant and other substances, police said.

Officers were questioning a person of interest about Tuesday’s “distribution of apparent lethal heroin,” police said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this senseless tragedy,” police said in a statement. “CPD and the [Drug Enforcement Agency] will continue to work collectively and gather additional facts.”