A Carrollton couple is behind bars for allegedly selling fentanyl-laced fake pills to unsuspecting juveniles leading to three fatal overdoses and seven near-death others within the last few weeks.
Investigators said that Luis Eduardo Navarrete, 21, and Magaly Mejia Cano, 29, sold “fake Percocet and Oxycontin” pills out of their Carrollton residence to students from neighboring RL Turner High School.
Eight of those juveniles became dealers themselves and sold the fentanyl-laced pills to other students between September 2022 and February of this year.
At least one of those juveniles admitted to having obtained the “perc pills” from Navarrete. The suspects' drug-activity was linked to three deaths and at least seven hospitalizations.
“To deal fentanyl is to knowingly imperil lives,” US Attorney Leigha Simonton said. “To deal fentanyl to minors, naive middle, and high school students is to shatter futures.”
“These defendants alleged actions are simply despicable. We can never replace the three teenagers whose lives were lost, nor can we heal the psychological scars of those who survived their overdoses.”
“But we can take action to ensure these defendants are never allowed to hand a pill to a child again,” Simonton concluded.