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Drug dealer charged in Birmingham teen’s death

Aaron Miranda

Detectives with the Birmingham Police Department on Tuesday, March 12, made an arrest of a Detroit resident accused of providing in September of 2021 a fatal drug dose of fentanyl to Birmingham teenager Jack McCarthy, grandson of noted radio personality JP McCarthy.

McCarthy, who was 19 at the time of his death in September 25, 2021, had purchased what he believed was Xanax on Snapchat, according to police reports. His parents found his lifeless body in his home in the 200 block of Westchester Street in Birmingham around 2:30 a.m.

According to a release from the Birmingham Police Department, detectives with the department, in partnership with the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), determined that the fatal drug was supplied by Aaron Miranda of Detroit.

A search warrant was executed at a Detroit residence by NET and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams which found narcotics, firearms, body armor and currency.

On Tuesday of this week, Birmingham detectives located Miranda and took him into custody.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charged Miranda, 24, with delivery of a controlled substance causing death, delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, less than 50 grams and felony firearm. They charged that about 40 minutes before McCarthy died, Miranda sold McCarthy a deadly dose of fentanyl at a residence in the 4800 block of Lonyo Street in Detroit.

Miranda was arraigned Wednesday, March 13, in Detroit's 36th District Court and given a $150,000 personal bond. A preliminary examination is set for Tuesday, March 26.

Birmingham police, in a release on March 14, singled out Birmingham Lieutenant Alex Linke for his tireless work on the case, along with the Oakland County SWAT and NET teams for their assistance.


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