A Cordova woman pleaded guilty to selling heroin to a man who died of an overdose.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis said in a news release Thursday that 42-year-old Glenda Aldape faces a minimum of 20 years in prison up to life in prison.
Aldape plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
According to information presented in court, on March 28, 2016, the victim, Sean Heywood agreed over the phone to buy half a gram of heroin from Aldape for $75. Aldape sent Sean a text saying she was sending “Mitch”, later identified as 38-year-old David Mitchell Murray, to meet him at Huey’s for the buy.
At the time, Sean was living with his father, mother and grandmother. At 10 p.m., Sean told his father he was going to Huey’s to have a beer. Surveillance video at Huey’s showed Sean entering the bar area a few minutes after 10 p.m. and having one beer. While there, he was seen on the phone at least twice. The video then shows Sean leaving Huey’s and getting into a car with Mitch. Mitch then drove Sean home.
Around 12:30 a.m., Sean’s father found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. Sean was pronounced dead at 1:02 a.m.
Police made the scene and found a plastic bag of heroin in his pocket, syringe, spoon and 0.19 grams of heroin, and Sean’s cell phone. The autopsy results showed the cause of death was a lethal dose of heroin.
The next day, on March 29, 2016, MPD officers searched Sean’s cell phone. When detectives found that Sean had been buying drugs from Glenda Aldape, they used his phone and pretended to be Sean to set up another buy of heroin from Aldape at Huey’s.
Officers set up surveillance and watched a woman matching Aldape’s description. Once they confirmed it was her, they arrested her.
Aldape had 0.47 grams of methamphetamine in her pocket, as well as 0.08 grams of heroin and various other pills in her purse. The 0.08 grams of heroin was packaged exactly like the heroin found on Sean the night of his death.
Aldape admitted to setting up the drug deal with Sean on the 28th, to sending Mitch to deliver the heroin to Sean that same night, and to being in possession of the heroin on the 29th in order to sell to Sean. She will be sentenced on April 26.
On August 20, 2018, Aldape’s co-defendant, David Mitchell Murray, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin resulting in death, and will be sentenced on March 1, 2019.