A Texas couple has been accused of running a Fentanyl Distribution Ring that was responsible for at least 10 overdoses in juveniles.
According to a federal Indictment unsealed Monday, Luis Eduardo Navarrete (21), and Magaly Medjia Cano (29), were charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
They were arrested at Navarrete’s home in Carrollton in Texas,, about 20 miles north from Dallas.
According to a complaint, Navarrete, Cano allegedly sold fake Percocet pills and Oxycontin pills laced fentanyl, to numerous drug dealers, mostly students from RL Tuner High school. These drug dealers then sold the drugs to students at the high schools and younger students at Dewitt Perry Middle School and Dan F. Long Middle School.
Prosecutors claim that between September 2022 to February 2023, nine students from those schools, aged 13-17, suffered ten overdoses, three of which were fatal.
A 14-year-old girl was one of the students who overdosed and experienced temporary paralysis. Prosecutors say that the girl claimed she was a juvenile dealer who bought the drugs from Navarrete. The girl also claimed that she had purchased pills from Navarrete previously.
Federal prosecutors claim that Navarrete was observed by law enforcement while he was at his home, engaging in “hand-to-hand transactions” with another 16 year-old dealer in mid-January.
Officers followed the juvenile to RL Turner High School’s bathroom where he snorted drugs from a stall. Prosecutors claim that the juvenile told officers later that he had purchased the “perc pill” from Navarrete.
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Cano and Navarrete could spend up to 20 years in federal jail if convicted.