When a person overdoses after using illegal drugs, the authorities may try to discern from whom the person obtained the drugs, in an effort to make an arrest. This process can often prove to be difficult, and it can be even more challenging to prove any criminal charges in court. Two Massachusetts brothers were recently arrested on drug charges resulting from an investigation into a heroin overdose.

In February, a 25-year-old died from what investigators believe was a heroin overdose. Local authorities decided to look into how the individual obtained the illegal substance in the first place. When they looked through the deceased’s phone, they allegedly discovered text messages between the deceased and another man shortly before he passed away. Allegedly, the text messages seemed to indicate that the two met 12 minutes before the deceased’s 911 call.

Several months later, the police executed a search warrant on the other man’s residence. Inside the home, the officers allegedly found heroin, prescription drugs and thousands of dollars in cash. They also supposedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The man and his older brother — who was also in the residence at the time of the search — were arrested and face multiple drug charges.

As of right now, it seems as if the Massachusetts prosecution’s most compelling evidence that the other man was involved in the overdose involves the texts between him and the deceased. In order to prove that the other man provided the deceased with the heroin, the prosecution will have to prove — through the text messages and other relevant evidence –that the man met the man who overdosed and sold him heroin. However, the man, as well as his brother, will have every opportunity to challenge the drug charges in court.

Source: boston.com, “Winchester Police Arrest Alleged Drug Dealing Brothers“, Zeninjor Enwemeka, July 15, 2014