The overdose occurred from September 18, 2022 to February 1, 2023, with victims aged between 13 and 17 years old.
CARROLLTON, Texas — Nine North Texas teenagers overdosed on fentanyl pills strapped to a nearby drug house, killing three of them. RL Turner High School in Carrolltonaccording to the authorities.
The victim’s name has not been released by authorities, but details of the case emerged last week in a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
According to a federal affidavit filed last week, there were 10 overdoses (one victim had two overdoses) between Sept. The age of the subjects ranged from 13 to 17 years. United States District Court.
Two adults, Luis Navarrete and Magary Mejia Cano, face conspiracy charges to distribute controlled substances in the incident, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, Navarrete and Kano are accused of conspiring to sell “M30” fentanyl pills to teenagers near Carrollton’s Turner High School and DeWitt Perry Middle School.
Carrollton Police have identified eight underage dealers with “moderate to significant involvement in the circulation” of M30 tablets known to contain fentanyl.
The juvenile dealer is between the ages of 14 and 16 and is a student at Turner College.
As detectives investigated the case, they began surveillance in early January at Navarrete and Kano’s home on Highland Drive, about five blocks north of Turner and two blocks southeast of DeWitt Perry Middle School.
Investigators saw Navarrete and Kano “conducting direct transactions with multiple individuals,” many of those transactions were with Turner students, the affidavit said. .
One of the survivors of the overdose, a 14-year-old girl, told investigators she received M30 tablets from a 16-year-old dealer. said he did
“There is no such thing as a stereotypical drug user,” said DEA Dallas Special Agent Eduardo Chavez. thing. Too dangerous, too deadly. Unfortunately the threshold is very small. ”
On another occasion, one of the teenage dealers was found possibly packing narcotics at his home in Navarrete, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, the boy then spoke to Turner High School, where school officials found the boy “with a razor blade and a ‘straw’ with residue on it” in the bathroom.
The teen told officers the tool had been used to ingest the “park pill”, also known as M30.
Chavez says parents need to worry not only about the blue M30 pills, but also about the unprescription pills. Fentanyl is contained in his 60% of the tablets sold on the street, Chavez said.
“Once you start asking some of these tough questions, you’ll be amazed at what just sitting at the kitchen table and having a conversation can bring,” he said.
Police officers then met with the boy’s mother, examined the boy’s phone, and found messages between the girl and Navarrete. The message confirmed that Navarrete provided the teen as investigators observed at Navarrete’s home.
Later, while monitoring Mr. Navarrete’s home, detectives witnessed another “direct transaction” on his doorstep, the affidavit said.
The person who received the transaction was subsequently suspended with a traffic-related warrant. It turned out that they were in possession of two of his M30 tablets when they were taken to prison. According to affidavits, the pills later tested positive for fentanyl.
The person who had the pills “immediately started talking about Navarrete,” the affidavit said.
A message between the person and Navarrete showed that Navarrete told them that the pills were available at his home and that a woman later identified as Kano had them.
According to the complaint, the tablets are manufactured and sold wholesale at about $1 per tablet, but by the time they reach the streets and students, the price has dropped to $10.
“If you have that change perhaps in your car console and it turns into a fake pill to consume on the street, unfortunately it’s a lethal change. Unfortunately, it’s pure evil. It’s pure greed.” And unfortunately our community pays the price.”
A criminal complaint against Navarrete and Cano was filed Thursday and signed by U.S. Magistrate Renee Harris Toliver.
On Monday, federal prosecutors filed a custody motion to keep Navarrete and Kano in custody while the case is pending.
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leia Simonton called Navarrete and Cannon’s alleged behavior “despicable.”
“Dealing with fentanyl is knowingly putting your life at risk,” Simonton said. Minor —naive teenagers—is to shatter the future. ”
“We cannot replace the three teenagers who lost their lives, nor can we heal the psychological wounds of those who survived overdoses. We can take action to disallow it.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about the incident on Monday, saying state lawmakers want fentanyl addiction to be a murder charge.
“The fentanyl crisis plaguing our country has tragic consequences.” Abbott said“Too many Texas families are losing their children to deadly fentanyl. Their loss won’t be in vain.”
“We must come together as a community to solve this problem that is putting our children at risk,” said Brian Morsh, Interim Superintendent of ISD at Carrollton Farmers. said. “We urge adults to have open conversations with children about the risks of drugs, especially fentanyl.”
The district said it obtained Narcan in October for all district facilities. The district said it had initiated random dog searches conducted on secondary campuses.
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