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4 arrests in Mankato, Minn. synthetic drug investigation

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Police in Mankato, Minn., say four people have been arrested in a drug investigation related to the deaths of a 17-year-old girl and 22-year-old man.

THE SUSPECTS

- Tyler Anthony Caputo, 21, of Mankato

- James Luke Inman, 30, of Mankato

- Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, 19, of Mankato

- 15-year-old juvenile male, of Mankato

All 4 suspects face various drug charges. The adults are being held in the local jail and the juvenile is being held in the Carver County Juvenile Detention Center.

MARCH 5 DEATH

Mankato police and paramedics were called to a home on Glenwood Avenue after 22-year-old Louis Folson stopped breathing. Folson was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

MARCH 8 SEIZURE + DEATH

Mankato police and paramedics were called to a home on East Pleasant Street, where 17-year-old girl was having a seizure. Chloe Moses was taken to a local hospital, and was later transferred to a Twin Cities metro hospital, where she died.

THE DRUGS


Officers recovered a similar blue baggie from both homes. Police said in both cases the bags were covered with gold, king's crown images.



Investigators believe the drugs involved in these cases may be a synthetic psychedelic called 2C.

According to charging documents, officers located several glass pipes and numerous different drugs and powders in the apartment where Caputo and Reichel-Schneider lived. Those listed in the criminal complaint include:

- Multiple blue baggies containing capsules of white powder
- A Ziploc bag containing 10.2 grams of a brown powder
- A Ziploc bag containing 30.3 grams of a light tan/pink powder
- A small, clear bag containing .8 grams of powder labeled "2CE"
- A small bag containing 1.5 grams of a powder and labeled "2CI"
- Suspected marijuana
- 4 totes of growing psilocybin mushrooms
- 3 glass pipes suspected of marijuana use
- 13 glass smoking pipes
- Pill crusher with powder residue
- 2 snort tubes with powder residue
- Digital scale with white powder residue

TRACING A TRAIL OF BLUE BAGS

According to the criminal complaint filed against Inman on Thursday, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Agent Andy Johnson's statement of probable cause connects the four who were arrested by tracking down the source of the blue bags.

Johnson spoke with Moses's boyfriend after her death, and said he admitted to taking the substance with her and said the two had gotten it from another teen.  When police executed a search warrant at the teen's home, they found clear, pill-style capsules and small blue bags bearing the crown-emblem design.

The criminal complaint states that a Inman was also identified as providing either the same or similar drug to the 22-year-old who also died. After officers read him his Miranda warning, Inman allegedly admitted providing the drugs involved in that overdose and told police he obtained them from Caputo on March 1.

Inman told police he met Caputo through his girlfriend, who was associated with Reichel-Schneider.

The criminal complaint for Reichel-Schneider accuses her of recruiting a juvenile to sell narcotics, and also includes a charge of child endangerment. Investigators removed a toddler from the home she shared with Caputo at the time of his arrest, citing a hazardous environment.

MORE ARRESTS, CHARGES POSSIBLE

Police say it is still likely that others could be arrested and charged as the investigation continues.

"We still have to trace things back and get information and keep going," Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott told Fox 9 News. "Nobody may ever know the cook. They may not know the source. This maybe something ordered online from some other state other country. You just never know."

Investigators say new information is still coming in on an hourly basis, but there is still much they don't know -- including the results of toxicology reports.

Mankato police say people have been coming forward with information and turning in similar drugs since officers issued a warning about the potentially deadly batch.

 

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