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Woman died after fentanyl-laced pills, man who sold them found guilty of manslaughter

Sammy Valdez was accused of selling the pills to the boyfriend of the woman who died.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — A man who is accused of selling fentanyl-laced pills was found guilty of manslaughter Friday, after a woman who took one of the pills he sold died.

Sammy Valdez sold the pills to the victim's boyfriend in March 2020, according to the District Attorney's office.

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That man woke up at his home in Lafayette and discovered his girlfriend wasn't breathing, the DA said. The couple had each taken a pill that they believed was oxycodone before going to bed.

The man told police he had bought the pills from Valdez. 

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation had tested the remaining pills and found that they contained fentanyl.

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Valdez was arrested by the Drug Task Force and on Friday a jury found him guilty of:

  • Manslaughter
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Fentanyl 
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine 
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute – Cocaine

Valdez will be sentenced on Feb. 2.

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