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FOX 8 received the following news release from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office:
In an unusual case, a Violet man was booked with obstruction of justice
after the death of another Violet man he reported was possibly overdosing on
drugs and who was pronounced dead in the arrested subject's home, Sheriff James
death of Rodney Sanchez, 57, 2201 Colonial Blvd., on Wednesday, July 17, is
unclassified pending toxicology tests, the sheriff said.
Espadron, 35, 2725 Guerra Drive, was booked by sheriff's detectives the same
day for the obstruction of justice count after Sanchez was pronounced dead. He said
he found Sanchez down the block from his residence – possibly overdosing on
drugs - and brought him back to the Guerra Drive home, Sheriff Pohlmann said.
sheriff said Espadron was arrested because he destroyed evidence in the case
and may face more serious charges, possibly including negligent homicide,
depending on the outcome of toxicology tests.
is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bond set at $10,000.
suspect acknowledged he flushed a syringe down a toilet in his home after
calling the Sheriff's Office and before deputies arrived, Sheriff Pohlmann
said, saying it was Sanchez' and he didn't want to be caught with it.
also said he found the syringe in Sanchez's pants after Sanchez collapsed in
his residence and used it to give the dying man a shot of salt water in an attempt
to save his life. Espadron said he had seen the salt water technique work
before, He also claimed he gave Sanchez CPR before calling authorities to
report Sanchez was possibly overdosing.
Pohlmann said he should have called 911 as soon as Sanchez collapsed. Several
people have been booked with negligent homicide in recent years for failing to
call the Sheriff's Office when they could have when they knew someone was
and Espadron are believed to have known each other and investigating sheriff's
detectives suspect the two had done drugs together that day, rather than
Espadron finding him on a street.
was unconscious on the floor in Espadron's residence in mid-afternoon, not
breathing, when deputies arrived. Emergency medical technicians worked on
Sanchez but he was pronounced dead at 3:42 p.m.
in his statement to the Sheriff's Office, admitted he went into New Orleans
earlier the day of July 17 to purchase a small amount of heroin, used it in the
city, then got rid of the needle before returning to St. Bernard Parish, the
His statement was he
was driving on his street, only blocks from home, Espadron said, when he saw
Sanchez stumbling on the street, then stopped and brought him to the Guerra
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