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San Diego Resident Indicted for Distributing Fentanyl that Resulted in 15-Year-Old’s Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

Assistant U. S. Attorneys Vivian Sapthavee (619) 546-7696 and Adam Gordon (619) 546-6720

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY—December 28, 2021

SAN DIEGO - Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap of San Diego appeared in federal court today in connection with a grand jury indictment charging him with selling the fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Coronado High School sophomore on May 12, 2021.

Agents and Task Force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration are leading the investigation into the death. The next court date is set for February 4, 2022 for a Motion Hearing/Trial Setting.

“Every loss of life to opioids is tragic, but the death of a 15-year-old is heart-shattering,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Our community must recognize the threat to middle and high school students from the plague of fentanyl. This case must be a call to action to educate our children about the extreme danger of experimenting with drugs.” Grossman thanked the prosecution team and investigating agencies for their dedication to this case and to the cause of preventing opioid-related deaths and seeking justice for victims.

“The Coronado Police Department is thankful for the collective work to hold the suspect accountable. We are also reminded that we have a family that lost a child because of a dangerous drug,” - Coronado Police Chief Chuck Kaye. 

“Parents: More than ever before, it’s so important to educate your teenager about the dangers of drugs because just One Pill Can Kill,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Shelly S. Howe. “If you don’t have the conversation with your teen, their friends or a drug dealer will give them inaccurate information and it could cost your child’s life.  The DEA has resources available to parents at”

This case is the result of ongoing efforts by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Diego Police Department, the California Department of Health Care Services and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute the distribution of dangerous illegal drugs—fentanyl in particular—that result in overdose deaths. The DEA created Narcotics Task Force (NTF) Team 10 as a response to the increase in overdose deaths in San Diego County. Investigators from Team 10, as well as the Coronado Police Department and NTF Team 3, contributed to the investigation into C.J.S.’s death.

DEFENDANT                                               Case Number 21-CR-3442 CAB                                          

Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap                    Age: 21                       San Diego, CA


Distribute of Fentanyl Resulting in Death – Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and (b)(1)(C)

Maximum penalty: Life in prison; Twenty-year mandatory minimum


Drug Enforcement Administration

Homeland Security Investigations

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Coronado Police Department

San Diego Police Department

California Department of Health Care Services

*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 28, 2021

Press Release Number: CAS21-1228-Beltranlap