Man Will Stand Trial For Murder After Minor Dies From Overdose In 2020

A Redding man accused of supplying a 13-year-old boy with a drug that killed him has been ordered to stand trial for murder. On August 8th of 2020 the boy was found unresponsive by his parents at their home on Verda Street. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead. Redding Police found evidence of a drug overdose and detectives took over. They found the boy had used his cell phone to visit a social media account and order a single “Perc”, a reference to Percocet, a prescription pill containing Oxycodone. No trace of Percocet was found in the boy’s system, so it was determined that he had been sold a counterfeit pill containing Fentanyl, a relatively cheap narcotic that’s 100 times more potent than Morphine and is increasingly used by dealers to boost potency of other drugs and pressed into pills to look like pharmaceutical drugs. Someone can overdose on a Fentanyl amount that’s equivalent to two grains of sand. RPD detectives got help from Federal Homeland Security to eventually arrive at 19-year-old Ryan Harrison of Redding, who was reportedly using a social media account to advertise and sell drugs to his customers, including many minors. In February of last year a search warrant was served at Harrison’s home on Fairmont Drive, where detectives said Harrison was resistant and threatening. They reported finding over 900 pills containing Fentanyl, Codeine Syrup, Cocaine and more than $30,000. During a follow-up interview Harrison reportedly admitted to dealing pills that were blue with an “M30” stamp to look like Percocet but which actually contained Fentanyl. He appeared in court Thursday and returns for arraignment March 8th. His bail is $1 Million.

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