Federal Agents: Two more Coloradans arrested for fentanyl crimes

Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 9:29 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2022 at 9:34 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two more people are in custody on fentanyl-related drug charges.

Federal court documents state Douglas Floyd and Marlene McGuire are in jail facing federal drug charges for distributing fentanyl in Colorado. The two reportedly sold fentanyl to Maria Cecilia Davis-Conchie who then sold the drugs to teens. This week, we learned the 16-year-old boy who tragically died due to a suspected overdose was her biological son.

The documents say Floyd and McGuire “conspired” with Davis-Conchie for some time before her son’s death to sell him and his friends fentanyl and other drugs on multiple occasions.

11 News sat down with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about the fentanyl problem in the U.S. The DEA says fentanyl is a growing issue. In fact, just last year in the U.S., agents seized more than 15,000 pounds of fentanyl--which is enough to kill 440 million people. That’s more than the population of the entire country.

“It’s a staggering amount to see what’s coming to the United States and what we’re consuming,” James Stroop, special agent in charge for the DEA said. “These pills are in every segment of society, whether it be older or younger, everyone in between, they do not discriminate.”

According to the DEA, over a 12 month period ending in April of 2021, more than 100,000 people died from an overdose in America. Opioids accounted for 75 percent of those deaths, with 64 percent being blamed on a synthetic opioid like fentanyl.

“The danger with fentanyl is real and it’s ever-increasing,” he said.

Stroop adds it can also be hard to know just how much fentanyl is present in counterfeit pills.

“Think of it like a chocolate chip. You have so many chocolate chips in each of your cookies, but each one of your cookies has got a different amount of chocolate chips. That’s what these pills are looking like. You may have a pill that’s got well over a lethal dose. You may have one that’s well under a lethal dose. On average, we’re finding out that 4 out of 10 pills contains a lethal dose.”

So what can be done about the issue? Experts say treatment needs to be stressed at every level, and people with drug issues can get help.

Parents also need to have conversations with their kids to make sure they don’t take drugs that are not prescribed to them.

“Take a look at what’s going on with their life. It’s a life-saving opportunity to be in touch with them to see what’s going on.”

Stroop says kids can be sneaky, especially with cell phones and the internet.

“For instance, you’ve got all these different icons of representative and things for a text message to communicate that drugs are for sale, drugs are available, drugs are for delivery, how they accept payments, all things like that,” he explained. “So it’s important to have a conversation.”

And as the Davis-Conchie, Floyd, and McGuire sit behind bars waiting to hear their fate, the DEA is hoping people will take this warning to heart.

“One pill, one time can kill you. We need to be pushing that message as much as we can to everybody of every age.”

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available.

You can call the Colorado Addiction Hotline at 866-210-1303.

Resources and more information are also available through The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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