2 Women Receive Sentences After Death of 19-Year-Old

2 Women Receive Sentences After Death of 19-Year-Old

(RepublicanView.org) – Two Texas women have been sentenced to prison over their involvement in the death of a 19-year-old in El Paso in 2022. Kathy Lee Nicole Bradford and Patricia Tafoya sold and delivered almost a dozen counterfeit M-30 pills to the victim, who consumed some without knowing they contained Fentanyl. El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office described her subsequent death as resulting from “acute Fentanyl toxicity.”

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas released a statement confirming that Bradford admitted she knew the drugs contained Fentanyl and pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance causing death or serious bodily injury. She has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars. Co-defendant Tafoya pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute and is set to spend 21 months in prison.

M-30 is the common name for a white eight-sided tablet that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and is regulated by the Controlled Substance Act because of its high potential for abuse. It is a central nervous system stimulant that is sometimes used to treat narcolepsy and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), testing of certain drugs is revealing dangerous results. For instance, it states that 42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg – which can be a lethal dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that Fentanyl is added to recreational drugs because its potency makes substances less expensive and more powerful and addictive.

The drug is used in legitimate treatments, but on the illegal market, it is often manufactured by people with no chemistry knowledge or expertise. Visibly, it resembles other drugs and, therefore, effortlessly combines with cocaine and heroin, the CDC notes. Synthetic fentanyl and similar opioids have a hand in around 70% of fatal drug overdoses.

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