UA student dead from possible heroin overdose

UA student dead from possible heroin overdose

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Baker Mims is the UA student police suspect may have died from a heroin overdose. Baker Mims is the UA student police suspect may have died from a heroin overdose.
Preston Huckabay has been arrested on  multiple drug charges. Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department Preston Huckabay has been arrested on multiple drug charges. Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Tuscaloosa police are investigating the death of a University of Alabama student who may have died from a heroin overdose.

Officers responded to The Woodlands apartment complex on Hargrove Road East around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 on a report of a possible overdose.

Friends said they found the 20-year-old victim unresponsive in his bedroom. Rescue workers arrived to the location and pronounced the man dead.

The victim's name is Baker Mims, Tuscaloosa authorities confirm. He was a 2011 graduate from Vestavia Hills High School.

Witnesses told police on the scene that when they arrived to the apartment, they found another male passed out in the victim's bed, Captain Loyd Baker with Tuscaloosa's Homicide Unit said.

That man, identified by police as 19-year-old Preston Huckabay, was arrested on multiple drug charges. Huckabay admitted to investigators that he and Mims bought drugs and Mims used heroin.

Huckabay, who is also a UA student, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Captain Baker said investigators found a hypodermic needle apparently used by Mims. His official cause of death will be determined in an autopsy report.

Baker says heroin is becoming an increasing problem. At the same apartment complex where Mims died, a 28-year-old man visiting the apartments recently died of a heroin overdose.

"In the distant past we had none, no deaths we would classify as heroin overdoses. In the last eleven months, we had six. So we are averaging one every two months," Baker said.

The head of the Homicide Unit said the deaths are happening because young people are not experienced in handling this deadly drug.

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