ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is warning the public about pills containing fentanyl known as “Mexican Oxy” following an apparent fatal overdose linked to the pills. The death is believed to be the first in Minnesota from these pills.
The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office said 38-year-old Beth Leann Roulet was found deceased in a Mankato home on Tuesday of an apparent opioid overdose. Investigators with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force discovered small, light-blue colored pills at the scene with the letter “M” on one side and the number 30 on the other.
Scientists in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Drug Chemistry Laboratory have confirmed that the pills marked as legitimately manufactured oxycodone actually contain fentanyl.
According to investigators, counterfeit pills like these are believed to originate in Mexico and have been linked to fatal overdoses across the country. They look similar to legitimate pills.
“Counterfeit opioid drugs are designed to look like the real thing,” said Drew Evans, BCA Superintendent. “Your supplier has no idea which dose would kill you, and neither will you. There is no safe dose.”
“Violent Crime Enforcement Teams are targeting mid to high level drug dealers in hopes of making our communities safer,” said Brian Marquart, statewide gang and drug coordinator.
“We are trying to prevent any other tragedies from happening again.”
No charges have been filed as the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, a VCET continues to investigate the overdose.
About Violent Crime Enforcement Teams
Violent Crime Enforcement Teams
are partially funded by the Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (DPS-OJP), are multijurisdictional task forces that investigate narcotics, gangs and violent crime. VCETs have increased their efforts to identify major drug traffickers, focusing on high-level dealers and suppliers.
About the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) provides investigative and specialized law enforcement services to prevent and solve crimes in partnership with law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies. Services include criminal justice training, forensic laboratory analysis, criminal histories and investigations.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.