Man pleads guilty to manslaughter after mailing heroin in greeting card

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POLK COUNTY, N.C. — A man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after his friend died from taking a toxic heroin cocktail he mailed to her in a greeting card.

Elisif Bruun, 24, overdosed at a Polk County rehab facility on Feb. 11, 2014.  Sheriff’s investigators told WLOS 24-year-old Sean Michael Harrington sent Bruun the heroin cocktail in a greeting card even though he knew she was trying to get clean.

Captain B.J. Bayne told WLOS that Bruun had tested clean for drugs the day before she died. She explained that sometimes when addicts relapse and take the same dose they would have taken when they were using, it can be lethal.

Bayne said Harrington sent Bruun a Colt 45, which is a mix of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

Investigators tracked Harrington’s movements using surveillance video from a Philadelphia drugstore. In the video, he can be seen purchasing the greeting card and collecting a money transfer Bruun sent him for the drugs.

“What we did was send this card off to the SBI to be fingerprinted, and also have DNA testing on it,” Bayne told WLOS.

DNA testing showed that the fingerprints on the card matched Harrington’s.

Harrington was extradited to North Carolina to face criminal charges for Bruun’s death.

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