Owner of limo service charged in teen's overdose

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The owner of a D.C.-area limousine service was arrested on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone that resulted in the 2010 death of a young Loudoun County man.

George Washington Crane V, of Leesburg, faces at least 20 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life, if convicted.

Documents filed in federal court in Alexandria say the 47-year-old Crane bought the oxycodone pills from sources in Washington, and sold them to high school students and recent graduates in western Loudoun County.

Authorities linked Crane to the Aug. 8, 2010, death of a 19-year-old man who overdosed on oxycodone in his bedroom at his parent's Leesburg home just a day after returning home from a 30-day stay at a drug rehabilitation facility.

Investigators found a syringe and burnt spoon under the man's bed, a short distance from his body. They also found a rolled up bill with white powder residue on it.

Inside his shorts, police found a clear cellophane wrapper containing a yellow oxycodone tablet. The criminal complaint alleges that Crane had provided the drug.

Investigators said the young man called friends who also used drugs as soon as he got out of Father Martin's Ashley Rehabilitation Center in Harford County, Md., and told them he had $600 in cash.

"Let's get down. Find us something good," the teen said, according to the complaint.

Authorities said a drug dealer arrived at the end of the teen's driveway with five oxycodone pills and a used syringe that had been left inside the dealer's gold Jeep Cherokee.

One witness told investigators that the man began buying drugs from Crane before he graduated from high school in 2006, and was using five 8-milligram oxycodone pills a day at the height of his habit. The witness estimated that most of the man's drugs came from Crane.

At the time, the witness wondered, "What is a 40-year-old doing selling drugs to kids?"

Investigators traced eight phone calls between Crane and the victim from the day the teen got out of the rehab. The first was made at noon, the last at about 5 p.m., just before his death.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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Scott McCabe

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