Alexandra's Story

Two days before Christmas in 2019, Matt and Christine Capelouto found their 20-year-old daughter Alexandra dead in her room. 

Homicide not overdose

Alexandra Capelouto was a 20-year-old college student who unknowingly purchased a counterfeit Oxycodone pill deceptively sold to her by a drug dealer on Snapchat. The pill she took contained five times the lethal dose of fentanyl. Had Alex received a legitimate Oxycodone pill as was marketed to her she would be alive today. Her death was marked as an accidental overdose and non criminal. A criminal investigation was opened after her parents presented a pattern of other similar deaths in the immediate area to law enforcement. 

Fentanyl is arguably the most lethal man-made chemical ever produced yet our laws treat it as if it were cannabis or marijuana. It is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is illegally made in unregulated drug labs and deceptively added to or misrepresented as other drugs. It hides inside fake or counterfeit Oxycodone, Percocet, Adderall, and Xanax pills . . . or in other tainted drugs such as cocaine. Drug dealers spread this poison using social media platforms like Snapchat, which retain no record of the transaction in effort to abate law enforcement. 

An overdose happens when someone takes 2, or 3, or 10 times the normal amount of a drug. Fentanyl is different. A single pill – or even half a pill – can be lethal. Drug dealers knowingly deceive buyers by disguising the drug. They know there is a chance that the user will die – they just don’t care. Their goal is to create or fuel an addict and have a returning customer. Fentanyl poisoning is not an overdose, it is homicide.

The numbers don’t lie. In its 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that fentanyl was responsible for more than half of the drug-related deaths in California and the country.

Recently, more than 1.2 billion milligrams of illicit fentanyl was seized coming over our southern border – that is enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States twice over.

A Father’s Fight for Justice.