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Three North Texas Youths Died From Fentanyl Overdose; Two Others, Including A Major S Supplier, Were Punished

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An FBI agent's statement revealed that Smeltzer quickly admitted to all the crimes, disclosing a surprising reason for his actions: he was using the stolen money to support his severe addiction to fentanyl. (PHOTO: Adobe Stock)

In the drug conspiracy case that resulted in the deaths of three young girls in North Texas, a judge on Wednesday sentenced the parties involved to a total of 35 years.

What Happened?

Two 23-year-olds, Rafael Soliz Jr. and Jason Xavier Villanueva, entered guilty pleas to one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl to an individual under 21 in June 2023.

Twenty-year-old Roberta Alexander Gaitan entered a guilty plea in July 2023 to the charge of conspiring to possess 40 grams or more of fentanyl with the purpose to distribute it.

According to court filings, three individuals were involved in the sale and/or transportation of fentanyl pills that resulted in the deaths of two middle school and one high school student. The defendants were aware of the ages of the students they were selling to and that fentanyl was present in the tablets they were selling.

Villanueva acknowledged in court filings that he gave away approximately 200,000 fentanyl tablets to clients in North Texas during a period of five to six months, or about 40,000 pills every month. He supplied the round, blue tablets bearing the marking M-30 to a network of juvenile and adult traffickers, such as Gaitan and Soliz, who resold to Carrollton residents who were friends, classmates, and other clients.

Who Is The Main Supplier?

During the inquiry, Villanueva was found to be one of the main suppliers of fake M30 pills. Instagram was where Villanueva promoted frequently. After one of his codefendants was arrested in February 2023, he said, “Only thing that’s gonna stop us is feds.”

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In connection with the drug conspiracy linked to at least 12 underage overdoses in Carrollton and Flower Mound—three of which were fatal—ten suspects have been prosecuted.

Villanueva was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, Gaitan to 5 years in federal prison, and Soliz to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade on Wednesday.

School Resource Officers from the Lewisville Independent School District and the Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Independent School District assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Office and the Carrollton Police Department in their investigation.

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