A Pollock Pines boy died Sept. 9 after using a new, illegal drug.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, a press release stated. The deputies found a 15-year-old boy, identified as Alejandro Nunez Avila, who was not breathing. Medics arrived and took over life-saving efforts before the boy was transporting to Marshall Hospital in Placerville, where he was pronounced as deceased.
Further investigation led deputies and detectives to believe the El Dorado High School student had voluntarily taken an unknown hallucinogenic drug. What the drug was, where it came from and the exact cause of death were unknown at the time.
Follow-up by sheriff’s narcotics detectives uncovered a new drug being introduced to the United States that reacts similarly to a hallucinogen. Known as 2-CB, 2-Cl or 2-5Bomb, the drug was developed in Germany for medical purposes and is believed to be produced outside the U.S. It can be found in liquid or powder form, as a tab or blotter on a piece of paper. It is clear in color and can be difficult to see.
The quality and potency of the new drug has not been tested or regulated, causing use of the drug to be hazardous.
Ongoing investigation led to the arrests of Jesse Howard Roberts, 21, and Elijah Lee Richter, 20, both of Camino, for their suspected involvement. Both were booked on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.