PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police have arrested a 21-year-old man after a 14-year-old died from taking counterfeit Percocet laced with fentanyl. Latae’veion Naveiour Woods, 21, is charged with distributing narcotics.
According to a release from the Prince William County Police Department, a 14-year-old boy died after taking a counterfeit Percocet on April 26. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) lab helped analyze the pill and confirmed the counterfeit Percocets contained fentanyl.
Less than 48 hours later, another teen, a 15-year-old, died after taking similar counterfeit pills.
Investigators were joined by the DEA Washington Division and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help identify a suspect they believed was operating in the Woodbridge community.
On May 11, the police department, DEA Washington Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), searched a home on Palm Road and took Woods into custody.
Officials say Woods allegedly sold the Fentanyl-laced pills to the 14-year-old. However, they say Woods is not connected to the death of the 15-year-old. The investigation into that death is ongoing.
Woods has been arrested and is charged with the distribution of schedule I or II narcotics.
"We could be on the precipice of something devastating," one chemist said.
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