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Texas teens die of fentanyl overdose weeks before high school graduation

Two Texas high school students have been found dead of a fentanyl overdose after suffering from drug addiction for years, investigators say.

Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a double overdose call at a home in Stanwick Place, The Woodlands. They found Irene Sunderland, 18, and her boyfriend Grant Blodgett, 17, dead in a bedroom on May 5.

Mandy, Irene’s mother, found her daughter’s body in her bedroom surrounded by drugs the day she was going to take her to rehab.

“An intervention person was at my house in the kitchen, and when she said it was time to wake up my daughter before she went to school to start the intervention, with my letter and all that … my daughter was gone,” Sunderland said. Click2Houston.

Investigators found phone records on the two teens’ cell phones, which led to the arrest of 19-year-old drug dealer Abdulbaaith Abiodun Adewale. They found text messages from Adewale informing the couple that another person had already died from the same heroin he had given them. Authorities believe that Adewale knew the drugs “could and probably would kill them”.

The toxicological results confirmed the presence of fentanyl, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Adewale was charged with two second-degree counts of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance causing death or grievous bodily harm. His bail was set at $150,000.

The 19-year-old has previously been charged with three accounts possession of a controlled substance; however, the charges were dropped after completing a program.

“This is an example of the recent law passed by the Texas Legislature that allows us to charge those who supply illegal narcotics that cause the death of our citizens,” Sheriff Rand Henderson said in a statement. statement. “Let this be a warning to those who sell illicit narcotics: Montgomery County law enforcement is committed to finding you and holding you accountable not only for the sale of illicit narcotics, but also for any deaths that occur .”

Sunderland and Blodgett died just two weeks before graduating from Woodlands High School. Sunderland, who was born in Changsha, China, in 2003, was adopted by Mandy and Jeffrey Sunderland. She was a member of her high school’s dance team and planned to attend Drexel University to pursue fashion merchandising pursuits. Blodgett was weeks away from his 18th birthday on May 25. He play football and planned to attend Texas Tech University to pursue history studies.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office will suspend interviews until both victims are buried. Adewale’s arraignment date is set for early next week.

Featured image via Facebook / KHOU 11

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