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Man charged with reckless homicide in heroin overdose

HUDSON -- A man suspected of supplying the heroin that killed Alex Solberg of Hudson last December has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in St. Croix County Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Samuel James Taylor, 26, address unknown, had been Solberg’s dealer for some time. The information about Taylor came from a confidential informant who first contacted Solberg’s mother and then talked to Hudson police. He told police he had talked with Taylor shortly after Solberg’s overdose and that Taylor said, “I sold the drugs that killed Alex.”

Solberg was a 2009 graduate of Hudson High School. His body was found at a room in the Royal Inn on Dec. 3, 2012. Heroin residue, prescription drug bottles and drug paraphernalia were found in the room. The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office listed his cause of death as acute heroin toxicity.

Police checked Solberg’s phone records and those of the informant, and traced calls to a phone listed to Taylor. Records indicate that there were several conversations from Solberg to the number listed to Taylor on Nov. 30, three days before Solberg’s death.

Taylor is on probation in Minnesota in connection with felony drug charges in two counties.

Hudson police said Taylor is in custody in Wright County, Minn., and will be extradited to St. Croix County.