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DEA, Kyle PD, Sheriff’s Department announce fentanyl overdose initiatives

Hayes County, Texas (KXAN) – Federal agents are working with local law enforcement to resolve a recent fentanyl overdose in Hayes County.

Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Kyle Police Department, and the Hayes County Sheriff’s Office held a joint press conference about their new initiatives.

“Once it’s in your neighborhood, it’s there, and frankly, we’re going to have to dig it up,” DEA Special Agent Tyson Hodges said.

DEA Special Agent Tyson Hodges said it’s hard to tell the difference between real drugs and counterfeit drugs.

It’s a question that torments Darren and Shannon McConville. Their son died of a fentanyl overdose last month.

“My son is everything. He made us parents,” Shannon said.

Shannon said after he died she found out he was taking Percocet and Xanax to help him sleep. But she said this time he didn’t know there was fentanyl in it.

This is a matter of great importance to law enforcement.

New fentanyl initiative

Agent Hodge said the DEA would form an overdose task force with the Texas National Guard and the Hays County Public Health Department.

“The task force’s goal is to track down and apprehend violent criminals who are selling fake fentanyl or fake pills,” Hodges said.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Department also announced a partnership with firefighters and EMS to create an overdose card tracking system. It was designed to help track fentanyl in the county.

Fentanyl-related arrests

Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said their investigation has so far led to two arrests. One of them is Antoine Jean Perez Rios, 20 years old.

He was arrested in San Marcos and charged with the following crimes:

  • Manufacture and delivery for the distribution of controlled substances
  • Providing controlled substances to children
  • Possession of controlled substances

“He had nearly 400 counterfeit Percocet pills containing fentanyl,” Chief Barnett said.

Chief Barnett said Antoine Jean Perez Rios is from the San Marcos area.

The other, a 16-year-old man, was charged with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.

Law enforcement says drug cartels are using social media to sell and distribute fentanyl. They said they even directly messaged the teenagers and used codenames.

Officials say the fight against fentanyl is far from over. They encourage the community to do their part to prevent the use of these pills.

The McConvilles agreed.

“Look at something, say something,” Shannon said.

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