Texas couple charged with dealing fentanyl-laced pills to minors, causing 10 overdoses and 3 deaths

During a six-month period, 10 juvenile overdoses were reported, officials said. Three of the minors died from the pills.

KTRK logo
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Texas couple accused of dealing fentanyl to minors, causing 3 deaths
The couple is accused of dealing fake Percocet and Oxycontin pills laced with fentanyl, commonly known as "M30s," to high school drug dealers out of their home in a Dallas suburb.

CARROLTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Texas couple has been charged with dealing pills laced with fentanyl to minors, several of whom overdosed and died.

Federal agents say Luis Eduardo Navarrete, 21, and Magaly Mejia Cano, 29, dealt fake Percocet and Oxycontin pills laced with fentanyl, commonly known as "M30s," to high school drug dealers out of their home in Carrolton, Texas -- which is a suburb of Dallas.

The pills were reportedly sold around R.L. Turner High School and to younger students at Dewitt Perry and Dan F. Long Middle Schools.

Navarrete and Cano were arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

RELATED: ABC13 given rare access inside DEA lab fighting Houston's fentanyl crisis

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug on Houston's streets. ABC13 anchor Chauncy Glover gives us a rare look inside the DEA's operation to fight the crisis.

During the six-month period between September 2022 and February 2023, 10 juvenile overdoses were reported, the Justice Department said. Three of the minors, the youngest of whom was 13, died as a result of the pills.

According to court documents, Navarrete sold pills directly to students, and law enforcement actually saw him hand pills to a student drug dealer on Jan. 12. The student admitted that he got the pills he was caught snorting in the high school bathroom from Navarrete.

A 14-year-old student who reportedly overdosed twice and was temporarily paralyzed by an overdose told officials she was "familiar with Luis Navarrete" had previously purchases multiple "M30" pills from him. Law enforcement officials went on to find "M30" pills at the student's house, court documents state.

SEE ALSO: University of Houston researchers announce potential breakthrough vaccine against fentanyl

The University of Houston announced a breakthrough that could be a life-saving tool against the opioid epidemic, a fentanyl vaccine.

"To deal fentanyl is to knowingly imperil lives. 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," said U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton.

The man and woman both face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Fentanyl plays a big role in the ongoing opioid crisis. Last year in Texas, fentanyl was linked to almost all deadly cases of opioid overdoses.

RELATED: From a billboard to a Narcan vending machine, a Galveston Co. man is attacking the fentanyl crisis

Les McColgin, a Galveston County man, is using a billboard and a unique vending machine to try and tackle a fentanyl crisis.