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Teens die from drug use in Texas, 23-year-old charged for deaths

If you've had to face the scrutiny that comes with accusations of drug use or distribution, you may understand what this man is going through. He is facing drug charges in Texas for the deaths of teens who took controlled substances. The man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the teens' deaths, despite the fact that they took the drugs of their own free will.

According to the report from May 16, the 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance under a gram in February 2014. Those drugs were allegedly given to two teens from Southlake, who were seniors at the local Carroll High School. The teens, 18-year-old and 17-year-old males, were allegedly given drugs by the 23-year-old while they were together. The teens had taken a number of drugs including heroin, codeine, Xanax and diphenhydramine (which is better known as Benadryl, an allergy medication).

The 23-year-old reportedly failed to call 911 when the teens were found to be unresponsive. The 23-year-old man's father eventually called 911 after he found the two teens upstairs in his home in a bedroom. He allegedly performed CPR on one of the two teens, according to the affidavit.

Police reported finding glass pipes, bongs, marijuana, Xanax, orange pills and white powder in the home. The Tarrant County medical examiner reported that the teens' deaths were, in fact, accidental, but that hasn't stopped the courts from handing down a punishment to the 23-year-old man. He will serve three years in prison for each count consecutively, meaning that he will end up imprisoned for up to six years. The police did not report if he would appeal the case, if he could have his sentence reduced or be paroled in the future.

Source: The Star-Telegram, "Grapevine man sentenced on drug charges in teen deaths" Mitch Mitchell, May. 16, 2014

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