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Rockford woman charged with homicide in overdose death

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – A 33-year-old Rockford woman faces criminal charges after another woman died from a drug overdose.

Suzette A. Vasquez is charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

According to Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, Vasquez provided drugs to Elizabeth Bermudez Cruz, who was found unresponsive last
Oct. 5 at 1125 Benton St. She was later pronounced dead. An autopsy concluded Cruz died from adverse effects of fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl and cocaine.

“The abuse of drugs in our community can never have a positive impact,” Hite Ross said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “It leads to lives lost and families destroyed.  My office will continue to work with law enforcement to identify those who sell illegal drugs in our community, and if their conduct results in the death of an individual they will prosecuted be under the applicable state laws.”

Vasquez is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. Bond has been set at $300,000.

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