Suspected Heroin Overdose: One Brother Dead, One Hospitalized

George Landers was pronounced dead at his Croton-on-Hudson home at 1:45 p.m. March 19.

One Croton resident is dead and his brother hospitalized after an apparent overdose of heroin this afternoon, police said.

Police were called by the men's father.

Patrols found the men at their home at 6 Wren Lane, in the Town Ridge development near the Cortlandt border.

Croton Police Sgt. John Nikitopolous said the 911 call came in at 1:28 p.m. March 19 to New York State police because it was made from a cell phone.

Patrols responded to the townhouse complex and found George Landers, 25, in his bedroom on the second floor. He was unresponsive.

His younger brother, Michael Landers, 23, was found in the living room.

After police cleared the scene, a paramedic pronounced George Landers dead at 1:45 p.m. His body was removed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's office.

Michael Landers, who was conscious, was transported to Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow by the Croton EMS, Nikitopoulos said.

The incident is under investigation.


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john March 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM
what a terrible tragedy for the family. heroin seems to be making a comeback. http://peekskill.patch.com/articles/five-arrested-in-peekskill-heroin-bust
Patty Villanova March 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Isn't it ironic that it is now easier for young people to get heroin than it is for them to get cigarettes. Shows what a complete and utter failure the War on Drugs has been and continues to be. Addiction is a health issue, not a criminal matter. We are seeing an epidemic of over-doses and death in affluent Putnam and Westchester counties despite all the money that is being spent on DARE, police "resource officers" and other failing programs in the schools. Not to mention all the young people who are in jail, whose lives have been ruined because they got caught using illegal drugs. Legalization, regulation and taxation of drugs has been shown to be more effective than criminalization. What is happening in our communities demonstrates this.
Efic Redson March 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM
The same thing that happens to communities and their politicians who fight to keep the very treatment programs sesigned to help individuals addicted to heroin andother opiates out of their communities. We tried to tell you what was already occuring and now exploding.
joshua tanner March 20, 2013 at 02:52 PM
The expansion of the the heroin trade is directly tied to the influx of illegals and drug dealers from Central and South America. It was no accident the 1.5 million bust was illegals. From DoJ site: "Heroin is a significant threat to New York. South American heroin is most prevalent; however, Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin also are available. Mexican black tar and brown powdered heroin are sporadically available. New York City is a primary transportation hub and distribution center for significant quantities of heroin. Heroin is transported into New York from source countries by air, land, and maritime conveyances. Colombian DTOs and criminal groups control the transportation of South American heroin into New York; however, they increasingly rely on Dominican DTOs and criminal groups and occasionally Mexican criminal groups to transport South American heroin into the state. " http://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs2/2580/heroin.htm
Teleman March 20, 2013 at 04:33 PM
We should do exactly what cuomo just did with the new gun law- it'll solve all of our problems- make it illegal to use, posess or sell these dangerous drugs- oh wait...............


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