LOS GATOS – A South Bay man faces more than a decade in prison after being convicted of selling fentanyl pills to a group of Los Gatos High School students.
According to the Santa Clara County Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Simon Armendariz pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including four counts of selling drugs to minors. Armendariz also pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and possession of fentanyl.
“Just so everyone knows: fentanyl kills,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “Just so everyone knows, if you sell fentanyl to teenagers, our prosecutors will do everything they can to send you to prison for a very long time.”
Authorities launched an investigation into Armendariz, who goes by the name “Risky,” after a teenager overdosed on a counterfeit Percocet pill containing fentanyl. Investigators then traced the drugs to several other students, one of whom allegedly had the pills delivered by Armendariz before school or in the parking lot of a nearby church.
Prosecutors said one of the victims, a 15-year-old, overdosed in the bathroom at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, Armendariz will be sentenced to twelve years in prison.
He will be formally sentenced on December 6.
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