UPDATE: Three arrested in connection with juvenile drug overdoses

(ABC 6 News) – Three Mankato-area adults were arrested Tuesday in connection with three juvenile drug overdoses, according to the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

According to law enforcement, the three juveniles’ symptoms were consistent with exposure to M30 pills, which often contain fentanyl.

Two of the juvenile victims were released from the hospital, leaving one in critical condition.

According to the MRVDTF, law enforcement personel suspected Patrick Orerigho Isiakpere Jr., 31, and Damarcus Deontay Holloway, 26, both of whom had been released from prison recently, of supplying the juveniles with the controlled substances.

Law enforcement served a search warrant Tuesday, which allegedly revealed 377 M30 pills, cocaine, marijuana, and two firearms in Isiakpere Jr.’s and Holloway’s possession.

Tina Renee Schwichtenberg, 35, was also taken into custody Tuesday.

Law enforcement is recommending the following charges, according to the MRVDTF:

Request for criminal charges includes but are not limited to the following:

  • 2nd-degree-controlled substance sales
  • 3rd-degree-controlled substance possession
  • felon in possession of a firearm
  • ineligible person in possession of a firearm
  • Great Bodily harm caused by the distribution of drugs

Some charges have the possibility of being aggravated considering the age of the victims and the fact that a firearm was involved and present. 

(ABC 6 News) – Mankato Department of Public Safety responded to 3 separate overdoses involving juveniles as the patient(s).

All victims were reported to have used/been exposed to a substance that caused the patients to exhibit signs consistent with an opioid overdose.

It is believed that the substance used was counterfeit/fake Oxycodone M30 pills that contained fentanyl. Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl can be life-threatening. A lethal dose of fentanyl is about two milligrams which is equivalent to the size of a few grains of salt.

Narcan was administered and two of the patients were hospitalized. Their condition is unknown at this time.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force and the Mankato Department of Public Safety.