The authorities in Lehigh County won an arrest warrant on Friday in a 2020 drug overdose that killed a 30-year-old Northampton County man, according to a news release.
Lehigh County Jim Martin and Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks said in the release that Natalia Hellriegel is facing a felony charge of delivering drugs causing death and felony counts and related offences.
Hellriegel was not immediately arraigned on the charges, according to court records. The 29-year-old is listed in the release as being from Ephrata in Lancaster County and in court records as a resident of Catasauqua.
Investigators allege that Hellriegel on September 10, 2020 sold heroin to Dominic Anthony of Lehigh Township. Anthony was found dead next to his motorbike that day in a car park along the 2600 block of MacArthur Road in Whitehall, the statement said.
“Anthony died of mixed drug toxicity and his death was ruled an accident by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office,” authorities said in the statement.
The investigation linked Hellriegel to heroin through text messages arranging for the sale on September 10, 2020, at Hellriegel’s home, according to the statement: “The investigation also revealed two other drug purchases by others from Hellriegel on various dates in February 2021.”
Anthony was an alumnus of Northampton Area High School in 2008, who later earned his bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh, according to his obituary. He worked as an electrician and was a member of IBEW Local 375.
Court records did not immediately list an attorney for Hellriegel, and no phone number could be found to try to reach her for comment.
The DA’s office assigned investigative assistance to the Regional Intelligence and Investigative Center, Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, and the County of Lehigh Drug Task Force. Lehigh.
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