Feds Now Prosecuting Alleged Drug Dealer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Westlake Village man has been charged with
selling hallucinogenic mushrooms to a 17-year-old girl before she
wandered naked onto Highway 101 and killed by a car.

Narcotics distribution charges were filed against 30-year-old Steven Thomas Roman, who was taken into custody by federal agents on Thursday. He was in Ventura County Jail for alleged conspiracy and Ecstasy sales.

Ventura County dropped its case after federal charges were filed.

Roman faces up to 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Roman delivered psilocybin mushrooms to a group of young people hanging out in Thousand Oaks in August 2004.

Victoria Nugent began acting in a bizarre manner and friends locked her in a room, but the teen escaped and she was struck by a car on the freeway.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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