Andover Man Accused of Providing Drugs, Leading to Fatal Overdose

Created: 04/08/2013 3:46 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

An Andover man has been charged with giving his girlfriend methadone, leading to her death.

Twenty-four-year-old Seth Adam Olson was charged with third-degree murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman. According to the criminal complaint, she died of methadone toxicity on Saturday, Feb. 16, which he allegedly gave to her.

Olson told police he gave her the methadone around 8:30 a.m. and that by 10 a.m. her breathing slowed to less than 10 breaths per minute. He said he checked on her throughout the day and noticed that she stopped breathing at one point. Deputies were called around 11:46 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Olson had two warrants for his arrest and gave deputies two false names to avoid being arrested.

Olson’s bail has been set at $250,000. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

“Providing such powerful drugs to friends can lead to tragic consequences, as it did for this woman,” Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo said in a statement. “People who engage in distributing dangerous drugs need to be held accountable.”