Boise man indicted after teen's overdose death

BOISE -- A Boise man has been indicted on a federal charge after prosecutors say he injected a teenager with methamphetamine in an attempt to counteract his heroin overdose.

The indictment charging 29-year-old Tommy Basco with distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death was filed May 9, almost seven months after the death of 19-year-old Charles Peyton Chambers of Boise.

According to state prosecutors, Basco and Chambers had been shooting up heroin in Basco's home in October when the younger man overdosed. Basco told investigators he put Chambers into an ice bath and injected him with methamphetamine in an attempt to revived him, prosecutors say.

Investigators say Chambers was conscious and walking around before heading a bedroom in the house to sleep. But when Basco woke up later, police say, the 19-year-old was dead.

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Basco drove Chambers' body to a gravel lot near McMillan and Maple Grove roads, where he abandoned the car. The vehicle and Chamber's remains were found the next morning.

After connecting Basco to the victim, investigators got a warrant to search his home, and found between half an ounce and an ounce of methamphetamine, prosecutors say.

Basco pleaded guilty to a felony charge of failure to notify authorities of a death in March, and is set for sentencing May 31. He has not yet entered a plea to the federal charges.

If convicted of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, he could face a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. 

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