San Diego, CA–A 21-year-old San Diego man appeared in federal court Tuesday in connection with a grand jury indictment charging him with selling the fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Coronado High School sophomore on May 12.
Kaylar Junior Tawan Beltranlap is charged with the distribution of fentanyl resulting in the death of the teen. If convicted, he faces life in prison and a twenty-year mandatory minimum.
“Every loss of life to opioids is tragic, but the death of a 15-year-old is heart-shattering,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “Our community must recognize the threat to middle and high school students from the plague of fentanyl. This case must be a call to action to educate our children about the extreme danger of experimenting with drugs.”
“Parents: More than ever before, it’s so important to educate your teenager about the dangers of drugs because just One Pill Can Kill,” said DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Shelly Howe. “If you don’t have the conversation with your teen, their friends or a drug dealer will give them inaccurate information and it could cost your child’s life.
The case is the result of ongoing efforts by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Diego Police Department, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute the distribution of dangerous illegal drugs—fentanyl in particular—that result in overdose deaths. The DEA created Narcotics Task Force Team 10 as a response to the increase in overdose deaths in San Diego County.
Investigators from Team 10, as well as the Coronado Police Department and Narcotics Task Force Team 3, contributed to the investigation into C.J.S.’s death.
Agents and Task Force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration are leading the next court date is set for February 4, 2022 for a motion hearing and trial setting.