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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:01

Milwaukee resident accused of selling heroin to 32-year-old Grafton woman who died last month

 A Milwaukee man has been charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide for allegedly selling heroin to a 32-year-old Town of Grafton woman who overdosed and died just hours after her father drove her to Milwaukee last month to buy the drug.
    Davion J. Poe, 26, is being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
    Poe is accused of selling heroin to Taralyn Hibbard, who was found dead in the bedroom of a trailer park home off Port Washington Road on Monday, July 10. A friend who called 911 told authorities that Hibbard struggled with heroin addiction and had been living with her for the last three months, according to the criminal complaint.
    Found near Hibbard were syringes, makeshift tourniquets and other drug paraphernalia, as well as Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioid drugs and is used to revive overdose victims. According to a text message authorities later found on Hibbard’s phone, she overdosed just days before her death and was revived with Narcan administered by her father, the complaint states.
    The forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy said that while a final cause of death is pending toxicology tests, it appeared to be a drug overdose, according to the complaint.
    Authorities examined Hibbard’s cell phone and found a text exchange about how to buy drugs with a subject listed as Daddy, who investigators learned is Hibbard’s father Terry Hibbard. Also found on the phone was a text message exchange with a person named Cheese about buying $60 of heroin, the complaint states.
    Authorities interviewed Mr. Hibbard, who said his daughter had bought heroin from a dealer named Cheese. When asked how he knew that, Mr. Hibbard said he drove her to Milwaukee to buy the drug as he usually did once or twice a week, according to the complaint.
    Mr. Hibbard said that on Sunday, July 9, he drove his daughter to 60th Street north of Good Hope Road, where they met Cheese. He said his daughter got into Cheese’s car and purchased $60 of heroin, which he described as “really potent,” the complaint states.
    Mr. Hibbard said he and his daughter went home, where she gave him a “line to snort.” He said she kept the rest of the heroin, adding that “she always did a lot,” according to the complaint.
    Mr. Hibbard said the last time he saw his daughter was midnight the day she died.
    Working with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Mr. Hibbard, the Ozaukee County Drug Unit set up two undercover drug buys in which Mr. Hibbard purchased heroin from Cheese, who authorities identified as Poe, the complaint states.
      Poe is charged under the Len Bias law, which is named for the University of Maryland basketball star who died of a cocaine overdose two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1986. It allows prosecutors to charge suspected drug dealers with reckless homicide in connection with the deaths of people they supplied drugs to.        The first-degree reckless homicide charge Poe faces carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision.
    Poe is scheduled to appear Friday before Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams for a preliminary hearing. Daily Press