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WOMAN CHARGED IN DRUG DEATH

BSO Case Number: DR01-10-3568
PIO Number: 03-1-39
Date: October 18, 2001
Place of Occurrence: 1264 NW 52nd Way, Deerfield Beach, FL

Victim(s):

  • James V. Cliff, 51, 6/16/50, 1264 NW 52nd Way, Deerfield Beach, FL

Suspect(s):

  • Loretta T. White, 26, 1/5/77, 2949 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff's Office Homicide detectives have charged a 25-year old Hallandale woman in connection with the drug-related death of a Deerfield Beach man nearly 15 months ago.

On Thursday, October 18, 2001, according to BSO investigators, Loretta Thomas White was the live-in girlfriend of 51-year old James V. Cliff. Shortly before 4:30 that morning, deputies were called to the home the couple shared at 1264 NW 52nd Way in Deerfield Beach. Arriving deputies discovered Cliff’s naked body, lying in bed.

White told investigators she was a heroin addict. She said the night before she and Cliff had gone to dinner, returning to the home about 11:00 p.m. Once home, according to White, she mixed heroin into a syringe and injected it into Cliff’s wrist. When Cliff reportedly said he did not feel any effects from the illegal drug, White says she injected Cliff again. She told investigators that when she awoke nearly four hours later, she found Cliff cold and motionless in the bed and called for help.

By March of 2002, the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Cliff’s death was caused by heroin toxicity and the manner of his death was homicide. Months later, after the case was reviewed by the Broward State Attorneys Office, a warrant was issued for White. On January 22, 2003, Hollywood Police picked-up White on an unrelated charge, discovered the warrant, and notified the Broward Sheriff's Office.

White is in the Broward Sheriff's Office North Broward Bureau facility on $11,000.00 bond and faces a charge of Manslaughter.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. R. Carmody CI/Homicide, D-10
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 1/27/03 1:30 p.m.

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