The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) responded to a White Rock residence early this morning to an unconscious 17-year-old-male.
The officers responded and initiated an unattended death investigation. The deceased male is identified as Miles Weaver.
The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) also responded to the scene. There is evidence to suggest the death was an overdose and Fentanyl is suspected. Official Death results come at the conclusion of the investigation but based on these facts it is imperative that the LAPD issues another Public Safety Statement.
“Fentanyl is the most dangerous drug impacting our Nation during this crisis,” Deputy Chief Oliver Morris said. “We in Los Alamos are not immune to the destructive results of Fentanyl in our Community.”
The LAPD on call Detective was assigned this case and conducted follow-up interviews with other local youth. Through the Detective’s investigation an additional 30 Fentanyl pills were seized by this afternoon.
Since the recent increase in overdose deaths that occurred in April, LAPD has aggressively worked with community members to attempt to educate the public of the dangers associated with Fentanyl.
Measures LAPD Has Taken To Educate Community On Dangers Of Fentanyl:
- Provided training for school personnel on the signs of impairment for either drugs or alcohol;
- Provided Narcan (or) Naloxone to LAMS & LAHS nurses;
- Provided information to school personnel on the various THC vapes and Dabs that are being seized by police or school administrators;
- Provided training to the driver’s education program about the dangers of driving while intoxicated;
- Provided information at the community conversation about Fentanyl;
- Provided Fentanyl awareness classes to each student at LAHS and LAMS;
- Arrested two defendants selling illicit drugs to LAHS students;
- Expanded the D.AR.E program throughout the district for elementary schools;
- Sponsored the Hawk hang-out at SALA and provided anti-fentanyl publications;
- Partnering with Safe and Healthy Schools program on “one pill can kill initiative; and
- Collaborated with Teen Court and JJAB on restorative justice programs and substance abuse awareness.
“We at the Los Alamos Police Department want to send our deepest condolences to the Weaver Family and offer our services and support,” Deputy Chief Morris said.
The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously to fund a drug K-9 program for the LAPD for the upcoming fiscal year. LAPD is preparing to utilize the K-9 to combat illegal drugs in this community.
Anyone who wishes to provide any information on illegal drug activity may do so by calling L.A. Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282 or report on the See Something Say Something app for LAPS students.
Los Alamos Public Schools will be offering grief counselors this coming school week. LAPD encourages anyone having difficulty processing this tragedy to please reach out to a grief counselor, or call LAPD Dispatch at 505.662.8222 or call 855.662.7474, which is a New Mexico Crisis and Access hotline.