Jose Carreto, one of the suppliers of the Plano heroin overdose case, gets 30 years in prison

It all started just over two years ago after a minor nearly died of a heroin overdose, and it ended Thursday with a 30-year sentence in federal prison for supplying the heroin which ultimately led to the medical emergency.

On Thursday, U.S. Judge Sean D. Jordan of the Northern District of Texas sentenced Jose Antonio Carreto, a 31-year-old man from Dallas, to three decades behind bars, according to court documents.

In March, Carreto’s brother, Isauro Carreto-Cruz, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for his involvement in drug trafficking.

In June 2021, a jury found the two brothers guilty of conspiracy and distribution of heroin causing grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine, and possession in the intent to distribute and distribute heroin resulting in grievous bodily harm. partner in crime.

The minor’s name does not appear in court documents, but they survived after being given a dose of Narcan, a drug used in emergency situations to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. After the incident, the minor cooperated with the authorities.

After the Plano Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Drug Enforcement Administration launched an investigation, they tracked down the immediate supplier, a 21-year-old Plano resident named Kolton Watson. From there, they identified suppliers for Watson, Carreto and Caretto-Cruz.

“We are seeing a drastic increase in illegal fentanyl poisonous drugs that are causing many deaths across the country.” – US attorney Brit Featherstone

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A Plano police officer stopped the brothers while they were driving and found heroin and methamphetamine in the vehicle. At some point, the Plano Police Department received an anonymous tip that the brothers staged a drive-by shooting to kill the minor, the Plano Star Courier reported in June 2021.

In a press release on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston said the case “underscores the dangers of illegal drug use.”

Featherstone added: “We are seeing a drastic increase in illegal fentanyl poisonous drugs that are causing many deaths across the country. We will take all steps in our power to investigate and prosecute those who spread this poison in our communities. »

In 2020, the number of heroin-related deaths in the country topped 13,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number was 7% lower than the previous year, but still increased sevenfold from 1999. The CDC reported that one in five opioid-related deaths in 2020 involved heroin .

Earlier this year, the CDC released preliminary data showing that at least 4,813 people died from drug overdoses last year in Texas, a 15.9% increase from 2020. Meanwhile, the total number of fatal drug overdoses nationwide nearly topped 107,000, or a 14.9% spike that also broke previous records.

In the mid and late 1990s, Plano experienced a wave of heroin overdose deaths. Between 1995 and 1999, at least 19 Plano youths died of heroin overdoses, which garnered widespread national media coverage.

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