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Man charged with murder in California teen’s fentanyl overdose death

A charge of murder has been filed against an 18-year-old Pomona man who allegedly dealt fentanyl to a Chino Hills teen who died in April after using the potent synthetic opioid, officials said Friday. .

It is unusual for prosecutors to bring murder charges against individuals suspected of dealing drugs in deadly fentanyl cases. The case against 18-year-old Brian Anaya-Esquivel of Pomona appears to be the first of its kind in San Bernardino County amid a growing number of drug-related deaths across the United States.

According to San Bernardino County Superior Court records, Anaya-Esquivel was charged with one count of murder on July 13 and pleaded not guilty to the charge in court on July 28. Anaya-Equival was in law enforcement custody during the trial, court records show.

The 18-year-old defendant disposed of illicit drugs containing fentanyl to 17-year-old Chevy Andre Corrivue of Chino Hills, who suffered a fatal overdose on April 5, prosecutors for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office alleged.

Earlier this year, Riverside County Prosecutor accused of murder against drug dealers in fentanyl death cases, the first district attorney’s office to do so in Southern California. Prosecutors in San Luis Obispo and Contra Costa counties, as well as prosecutors in Colorado and Florida, have charged suspected fentanyl dealers with murder.

The court intended to prevent such punitive measures rising tide of fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and has been involved in more overdose deaths in the US than any other illicit drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA said California’s illegal drug market is largely fed by cartels in Mexico. In recent years, fentanyl has become increasingly available to buyers who are usually sold heroin or other pain relievers that are mixed or laced with fentanyl.

In 2017, in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties, officials seized 119,369 fentanyl tablets, the DEA said. That number increased to over 300,000 in 2018 and 2019, and reached 1.2 million fentanyl tablets across the region in 2020.

From May 2019 to May 2020, drug overdoses killed 81,230 people across the United States, Largest number of drug overdose deaths in a 12-month periodAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said the main driver of these overdose deaths has been synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl. And such deaths have only accelerated during the pandemic.

The reasons for the rapid increase in the presence of fentanyl in 2020 are varied, but some health experts has attributed the increased demand for opioids during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced people to isolate, proving difficult for many who are experiencing drug addition or addiction. recovering from addiction. With little individual support, health experts have said many patients have turned to the illicit drug market.

A large number of young adults and adolescents have died from fentanyl use.

Korivue, who is survived by his parents and two siblings, was described by family members as passionate, intelligent and loyal. They described service tasks such as repairing vehicles of friends and family, building homes on mission trips, and volunteering locally.

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