Carrollton Fentanyl Trafficker Pleads Guilty
A fentanyl trafficker tied to the Carrollton and Flower Mound juvenile fentanyl overdose case pleaded guilty today to drug crimes, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.
Luis Eduardo Navarrete, 21, was charged via criminal complaint in February and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on March 29, 2023. Navarrete and ten other defendants were charged after multiple students attending schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District overdosed after ingesting counterfeit M30 pills containing fentanyl. On Wednesday, Navarrete pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance (fentanyl) and one count of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (fentanyl) to a person under 21 years of age before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez.
In related plea documents, codefendants admitted that Mr. Navarrete routinely dealt fentanyl-laced pills to juveniles from his Highland Drive residence in Carrollton, Texas. In December 2022, Navarrete was on bond in a criminal case out of Dallas County, was ordered to home confinement and was fitted with an ankle monitor that tracked his location and movements. Navarrete relied upon his coconspirators to pick up quantities of the counterfeit round blue pills from a Dallas-based source of supply and deliver them to Navarrete’s residence in Carrollton. Mr. Navarrete stored the counterfeit pills near the front door of his residence and distributed the pills to customers who came by the house – including a network of juvenile dealers who dealt the pills to other minor students that attended R.L. Turner High School, Dewitt Perry Middle School, and Dan F. Long Middle School in Carrollton. In December 2022, a thirteen year old Dewitt Perry Middle School student overdosed and died after ingesting a counterfeit M30 pill that contained fentanyl. In January 2023, a fourteen year old student at Dan F. Long Middle School overdosed and died after ingesting a counterfeit M30 pill. On February 1, 2023, a seventeen year old R.L. Turner High School student also overdosed and died after ingesting a counterfeit M30 pill.
Mr. Navarrete now faces up to 40 years in federal prison for each count and $7 million in fines. He will be sentenced on February 21, 2024.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Office and the Carrollton Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of School Resource Officers from the Carrollton – Farmer’s Branch Independent School District. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Calvert and Phelesa Guy are prosecuting the case.
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