LAPD: Suspected Fentanyl Claims The Life Of One Local Teenager

LAPD NEWS RELEASE

On Saturday, May 20, Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) responded to a White Rock residence in the early morning to an unconscious 17-year-old-male. 

The officers responded and initiated an unattended death investigation.  The deceased male is identified as Miles Weaver.  The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) also responded to the scene.  There is evidence to suggest the death was an overdose and Fentanyl is suspected.  Official Death results come at the conclusion of  the investigation but based on these facts it is imperative that the Los Alamos Police Department issues another Public Safety Statement.

“Fentanyl is the most dangerous drug impacting our Nation during this crisis.  We in Los Alamos are not immune to the destructive results of Fentanyl in our Community,” said Deputy Chief Oliver Morris.

The LAPD on call Detective was assigned this case and conducted follow-up interviews with other local youth.  Through the Detective’s investigation an additional 30 Fentanyl pills were seized by this afternoon.

Since our recent increase in overdose deaths that occurred in April, LAPD has aggressively worked with community members to attempt and educate the public of the dangers associated with Fentanyl to include; 

  • Provided training for school personnel on the signs of impairment for either drugs or alcohol.
  • Provided Narcan (or) Naloxone to Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School nurses.
  • Provided information to school personnel on the various THC vapes and Dabs that are being seized by police or school administrators.
  • Provided training to the driver’s education program about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
  • Provided information at the community conversation about Fentanyl.
  • Provided Fentanyl awareness classes to each student at the high school and middle school.
  • Arrested two defendants who were selling illicit drugs to high school students.
  • Expanded the D.AR.E program throughout the district for elementary schools.
  • Sponsored the Hawk Hang-Out at SALA and provided anti-fentanyl publications.
  • Partnering with the Safe and Healthy Schools program on the “one pill can kill initiative”.
  • Collaborated with Teen Court and JJAB on restorative justice programs and substance abuse awareness. 

“We at the Los Alamos Police Department want to send our deepest condolences to the Weaver Family and offer our services and support,” Deputy Chief Morris said.

The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during budget hearings last month to fund a drug K-9 program for the Los Alamos Police Department for the upcoming fiscal year.  LAPD is preparing to utilize the K-9 to combat illegal drugs in our community.

Anyone who wishes to provide any information on illegal drug activity may do so by calling L.A. Crimestoppers at (505) 662-8282 or report on the See Something Say Something app for LAPS students. 

Los Alamos Public Schools will be offering grief counselors this coming school week.  We encourage anyone who is having difficulty processing this tragedy to please reach out to a grief counselor, or call LAPD Dispatch at (505) 662-8222, or call (855) 662-7474 which is a New Mexico Crisis and Access hotline.