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KC Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Heroin That Resulted in Overland Park Man's Fatal Overdose

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to selling heroin to an Overland Park, Kansas, man, which resulted in his overdose death.

Valeriece D. Ealom, 50, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to one count of distributing heroin.

By pleading guilty today, Ealom admitted that she sold heroin for $200 to a man identified in court documents as “J.B.” on June 19, 2016. She sold heroin to J.B. again the next day. At 6:45 p.m. on June 20, 2016, the deceased body of J.B. was discovered by his wife at their family home in Overland Park. In close proximity to J.B.’s body were two syringes (one containing heroin), a lighter, a spoon with heroin residue, tweezers with heroin residue, and an empty plastic baggie with heroin residue. An autopsy report later concluded J.B.’s cause of death was an accidental heroin overdose.

Ealom admitted that on June 20, 2016, she sold J.B. the heroin that resulted in his accidental overdose death.

Ealom was on supervised release at the time of the offense, after serving a 10-year sentence for distributing controlled substances.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Ealom will be sentenced to 15 years and six months in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Updated October 31, 2019

Drug Trafficking