Three adults and a teenager were charged Thursday in the deaths of two Mankato young people. The pair died in the past week after independently ingesting synthetic drugs.
KEYC identifies the three adults as Tyler Anthony Caputo, 21, James Luke Inman, 30, and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, 19. A 15-year-old boy has also been charged. All of them are from Mankato. WCCO reports that the adults are being held in the Blue Earth County jail and the teen is in the Carver County juvenile detention center after being arrested late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Police have said that the supplier of the drugs could face homicide charges.
The Star Tribune reported that the suspects allegedly committed “various controlled substance violations” in connection with the deaths of Louis Folson-Hart, 22, of Mankato, and Chloe Moses, 17, a junior at Mankato West High School.
Police said that officers recovered blue baggies with images of gold-colored crowns at the homes of both of the victims. Investigators suspect the baggies contained a drug known as 2C, also referred to as "Smiles,"which may be a synthetic cocaine or LSD that comes in a powder or pill form.
KARE reports that investigators talked to the boyfriend of Chloe Moses, who told them that he had also taken the substance, purchased from the teenager. Police served a search warrant on the juvenile's residence and found capsules and blue baggies similar to those found at the homes where the two deaths occurred.
Information uncovered by detectives steered them to Inman, who admitted that he provided drugs to a 22-year-old man who died after ingesting the substance. Inman told authorities he got the synthetic substances from Tyler Caputo and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider.
A search warrant served at at Caputo and Reichel-Schneider's residence on March 11 turned up powder and pills, smoking and snorting pipes and paraphernalia, a mushroom growing operation, marijuana, blue baggies with crowns on them and weighing scales.
The Mankato Free Press reported that the two victims lived just a few blocks from one another but apparently were not acquainted.
Police have warned that there may more of the deadly substance still circulating.