Canadian medical student sent to U.S. prison for giving drugs to a woman who died of an overdose
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema sentenced Saad Jalal to one year and one day in prison. As a Canadian citizen, he will be deported at the end of his incarceration
A Canadian medical student doing his clinical rotation in the United States is headed to a U.S. prison after giving drugs to a young woman who died of an overdose as he tried to resuscitate her.
Saad Jalal, 28, was arrested at the Canada-U.S. border in Buffalo, N.Y., in April, after returning to the United States, where an arrest warrant was waiting for him after the 2019 death.
“It is true that the defendant is not a drug dealer in the conventional sense. He did not sell drugs for money, and he was not a regular drug user,” Katherine Rumbaugh, assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, told the judge at Jalal’s sentencing hearing last week.
But he did give a lethal dose of a prohibited drug to three women who he had recently befriended, resulting in a harrowing overdose death.
“The defendant was training to be a doctor when this tragedy occurred. With his educational background, the simple fact is that the defendant should have known better.”
Jalal became friends with three women who were roommates living in Falls Church, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he was finishing his medical school training at a psychiatric institute.
The three women said they wanted to used MDMA, a popular club drug also known as ecstasy and molly, court heard. Jamal bought them some.
“I live in Baltimore for my surgery rotation and I met this really cool dealer. Anyway I hit him up today to see if he has a link for M and he did so I got it,” he said in a text to one of the women on Sept. 20, 2019, using M as a short form for molly.
“I have 3 grams and it’s in a fat rock lol,” he texted, sending a photo of the drug in a plastic bag.
That evening they drove into D.C. for a night out.
They all took some of the drug. Jalal took only a portion of his share, he said, and immediately felt its effect.
One of the women, Alexandra Maller, 22, became noticeably impaired — so much so they were denied entry into nightclubs and bars, and they headed back to the women’s home.
There, Maller began to claw at her face as her body jerked wildly.
She collapsed into the fetal position and was writhing on the floor, court heard. Jalal began CPR on her. One of the women called 911 and Maller was taken away by paramedics, but pronounced dead.
When Fairfax County Police Department officers arrived, one of the roommates was so high she couldn’t speak coherently. The other roommate told police what happened.