Avon High School student died last week from what is thought to have been a fentanyl overdose, according to preliminary reports. Three persons, including one kid and two adults, identified Trevor Strickland and Kyle Rudman, have been arrested in connection with the death. Let’s explore it in more detail.
Police reported that a 15-year-old student at Avon High School passed away on March 15 after being discovered unconscious at his house.
According to Avon PD, the student is thought to have overdosed and died. Although the full toxicology findings from the adolescent’s death are still pending, police have not yet been able to determine which narcotic the teen may have used.
Several blue pills bearing the imprints M on one side and 30 on the other were discovered in a drawer in the students’ room, according to the probable cause affidavit.
(Avon Indiana Police Department.)
At about 5 p.m. on March 14, a friend reported to police that the two had paid $100 for 10 tablets from the young suspect. Later that evening, they both tried roughly an eighth of a pill before deciding to go their separate ways. The friend claimed that at roughly 8:40 p.m., he had last communicated on Facetime with the dead teen.
Police discovered the teenager dead in his bedroom the following day after being notified by family members. A bag of blue “M 30” pills that looked like Percocet was found by investigators along with signs of drug use.
This Monday, the Avon Community School Corporation issued the following statement regarding the student’s passing:
“On Wednesday evening, Avon Police informed us an AHS student had died. We are deeply saddened by this loss. We made additional mental health professionals available to support our students and staff through the remainder of the week. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Shortly after the teen’s passing, three persons, including a teenager, were arrested. Investigators contacted the Avon School Corporation Police Department to get the address of the young suspect.
On March 17, officers arrested the suspect who was a minor. On allegations of dealing with a controlled substance that caused death, dealing with a narcotic, having a narcotic drug with the purpose to sell it, and possessing marijuana, he was lodged in the Hamilton County Juvenile Facility.
The youngster was a fellow student at Avon High School, according to court records. After confessing to selling the student and another person the drugs found in the drawer, the youngster was taken into custody and lodged in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center. According to court documents, the student said he sold 10 or 11 pills to his classmates.
Officers responded to the scene and discovered 10 full pills and one partial pill that matched the description. The transaction did not take place in the high school, according to Avon police on Thursday.
Electronics and a digital scale were among the various items that detectives recovered from the house. According to court filings, they also discovered 11 packs of THC vape cartridges and little baggies containing what appeared to be heroin.
The teenage suspect admitted to purchasing the tablets from “Trev,” a “Snapchat dude,” and paying with the Cash App. From his source, he had been purchasing the tablets for at least a month. According to authorities, he reportedly claimed to be selling THC vape cartridges to “10–15 people at the Avon High School.”
According to court documents, when the police searched the young suspect’s phone, they discovered a large number of images and social media posts concerning using and selling drugs. They discovered a $100 Cash App transaction, matching the sale price of the pills on March 14.
Messages between the suspect and “Trev,” his alleged source of pills, were also found. In these communications, the teen discussed purchasing “thousands” of pills. The adolescent also seemed to be trying to sell the man jewellery or firearms throughout their exchanges, according to the authorities.
According to court filings, the youngster and Rudman had multiple chats on the phone during which they discussed drug use. They discussed getting Marijuana vape cartridges shipped to Indiana from a supplier in California.
Despite Rudman’s initial reluctance, the youngster also requested that he get “bars” (Xanax) and “shrooms” (psychedelic mushrooms). But accordance with court records, Rudman consented to get them in exchange for the opportunity to “double or quadruple their money” and the teen’s promise not to use them.
The teenager has been charged informally with several offences relating to drugs. Due to his age, he is being kept anonymous.
Who are Trevor Strickland & Kyle Rudman?
Suspect Kyle Rudman acknowledged using and distributing narcotics. He is accused of supplying marijuana to a minor, neglecting a dependant, dealing narcotics to a minor, and encouraging a minor’s delinquency, and possession.
Following his arrest, Rudman was brought to the Hendricks County Prison and charged with the following:
- Dealing in a narcotic drug to a minor
- Dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance in the presence of a minor
- Neglect of a dependent
- Dealing in marijuana with the sale intended for a minor
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, resulting in death
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of marijuana
Avon police confirmed on Thursday that Kyle Rudman’s charges have nothing to do with the Avon student’s death and are instead based on the findings of the investigation.
Detectives discovered more than 100 suspected synthetic opioid pills, Xanax, and THC vape cartridges while conducting their investigation.
Rudman claimed that he had talked to the suspect about purchasing THC vape cartridges to “earn some quick money” during a follow-up interview on March 16. He claimed to have purchased them from a Californian who was “selling these for a profit,” according to the police.
According to court documents, Rudman also admitted to using heroin when he spoke to the police. Rudman was formally charged by the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office on March 17. After his initial hearing, he will return to court in May for a pretrial conference.
Police have also located at least one more individual who was associated with narcotics distribution. On Wednesday, the person was placed in custody.
Trevor Strickland, a resident of Plainfield and 24 years old, was revealed to be that person on Thursday.
Kyle Rudman (Left) , Trevor Strickland (Right). (Credit :Hendricks County Jail)
Trevor Strickland was arrested on suspicion of murder kills while committing/attempting to sell/manufacture cocaine/narcotic drug, selling/manufacturing meth, and selling a controlled substance listed on Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V.
Around 1,000 “M 30” pills thought to contain fentanyl, more than 26 ounces of additional drugs, more than $18,000 in cash, and a loaded firearm were among the items Strickland allegedly possessed when he was apprehended by authorities.
Michael Gannon, special agent in charge for the DEA, said,
“Just last year, for example, DEA and our partners seized over 50 million fake fentanyl pills. Six out of every 10 that were analyzed had a potential fatal dosage unit in it,”
“They’re being poisoned. They don’t know it’s being laced with fentanyl. And they don’t want to die, and it’s devastating.”
The DEA works extremely hard to prevent this specific type of drug danger. The majority of medicines not purchased through a pharmacy just aren’t what they look, the DEA warns.
According to Gannon, two major cartels are in charge of flooding the United States with phoney medicines containing fentanyl. Nearly every municipality in Indiana has them, and they kill.
“Never in the history of our country has there been a more dangerous time than it is now to use drug illegally, because you’re risking your life every time.”
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