A California man has been charged with murder for allegedly promoting fentanyl-laced drugs on Snapchat to 2 teenagers — one in all whom fatally overdosed — who thought they have been shopping for a much less potent drug, prosecutors stated.
Anthony Minjares, 22, of San Jose, was charged with murder and several other narcotics-related felonies Tuesday after allegedly promoting by means of the app bogus drugs that contained fentanyl to an 18-year-old Santa Clara lady and her 17-year-old boyfriend, who thought they have been shopping for Percocet, the Santa Clare County District Legal professional’s Workplace introduced Tuesday.
“The damaging and devastating energy of unlawful opioids has ravaged many elements of this nation,” District Legal professional Jeff Rosen stated. “The recklessness of those that peddle these extraordinarily harmful and unlawful counterfeit medication is tantamount, legally and ethically, to murder.”
Minjares was charged with murder as a result of prosecutors allege he marketed and bought the faux drugs on social media whereas properly conscious that they have been extraordinarily harmful. If convicted, he faces as much as life in jail.
The 18-year-old sufferer was not recognized by Rosen’s workplace, however courtroom information and the county coroner’s workplace listed her as Grace Bhardwaj, the Mercury Information stories.
Bhardwaj and her boyfriend, who was additionally not recognized by Rosen’s workplace, purchased the faux drugs from Minjares on April 5. Later that night, Bhardwaj’s boyfriend was discovered unconscious, however firefighters revived him with Naloxone, prosecutors stated.
The feminine sufferer was discovered hours later that very same night in an upstairs bed room and couldn’t be resuscitated, Rosen stated.
Minjares was later arrested Thursday at his San Jose residence, the place investigators tracked him after figuring out him on Snapchat, the Mercury Information stories. Detectives seized medication, drug paraphernalia and money from the residence, Rosen stated.
A search of Minjares’ cellphone by detectives additionally revealed that he searched on-line concerning the risks of fentanyl-laced oxycodone drugs and pulmonary aspiration in reference to drug overdoses, the Mercury Information stories.
“I imagine Minjares knowingly bought fentanyl-laced oxycodone drugs below the guise of the drugs being Percocet,” a detective wrote in a possible trigger assertion obtained by the newspaper.