2 teenagers arrested in Los Angeles high school student overdoses; identified victim

Police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with the overdose death of a Bernstein High School student and the overdoses of several other surviving students, authorities said Thursday.

The first suspect, a 15-year-old boy who attends the Academic Performance Excellence Academy on the same Hollywood property as Bernstein HS, was arrested Thursday morning, LAPD Chief Michel Moore announced at a press conference.

He faces several counts, including manslaughter.

Moore said the 15-year-old sold pills purporting to be Percocet, but were laced with fentanyl to 15-year-old Melanie Ramos and a friend on the school campus early Tuesday. ‘afternoon.

“It’s common practice today in the illicit pill market to use fentanyl to boost or enhance a drug,” Moore explained. “Typically and frequently, these result in overdoses due to the overabundance of fentanyl and its potent nature.”

Investigators believe the girls ground the pills into powder and snorted them down the toilet, then apparently passed out.

When a girl regained consciousness hours later, she came out of the bathroom and located her father who was looking for her, Moore said.

Ramos was already dead.

“We have mixed emotions – angry, sad. We want answers,” said Gladys Manriques, a close friend of Ramos. “Why was she found so late? asked Manriques. “For me, in a sense, the school could have done better with a sweep, like making sure all the kids are out of school. I’m pretty sure that’s protocol.

The second suspect, a 16-year-old boy who also attends Academic Performance Excellence Academy, is accused of selling narcotics near Lexington Park, where investigators say other students overdosed on the same pills .

Three students remained hospitalized Thursday.

“These are people who have been poisoned. These are murders,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, promising to track the drugs to the source. “We are not just interested in the end distributors of the pills who peddled this death. We want to go up this chain.

“Our work doesn’t stop because these two people – 15 and 16 – are just transferring and taking care of this cast,” Moore said. “There is a drug organization behind it all. We will identify who is supplying these drugs to these two people and I look forward to pursuing aggressive prosecutions against them because the trail does not end there.

“To the parents who are affected by this tragedy, we wrap our arms around you in love and our hearts break with you,” Garcetti said. “We have no tolerance for this evil. Anyone who is involved in distributing this, manufacturing this, those who allow resellers who allow this to happen, it will not end well for you.

“Melanie’s life has been cut [too] unfortunately runs September 13, 2022,” reads one GoFundMe campaign set up for the Ramos family. “Please we ask that you keep an eye on who your children hang out with and how they influence our children.”

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