Frisco police arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of selling "cheese" heroin to another teen who died early Thursday morning.
Police say the arrest of Jaime Cesar Navarro, at right, was the result of an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Andrew Dillon Young, who was found unresponsive by his mother about 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 8200 block of Bells Street in Frisco. Fire personnel called to the home attempted to revive Dillon, but he died later at a hospital.
Police said Dillon was enrolled in a school not associated with Frisco ISD. The Collin County medical examiner could not immediately be reached.
Police say Navarro's name came up during the investigation into the purchase and use of the narcotics that may have led to Dillon's death. Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Navarro and a search warrant for his home. The department's Special Operations Unit conducted the search about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 8400 block of Preston Trace Boulevard. A stolen weapon and drugs were seized during the search, police say.
Navarro is being held at the Frisco City Jail on $750,000 bail on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
The police investigation into the death and other possible drug sales and usage is ongoing.
Cheese heroin is a combination of nighttime cold medicine and Mexican black tar heroin. It has claimed the lives of at least 32 people 18 or younger in Dallas County since 2005, according to an analysis by The Dallas Morning News.
Frisco Police Sgt. Adam Henderson said cheese heroin hasn't been prevalent in the community but it would be naive to say that it wasn't in Frisco.
Henderson said this is believed to be the first cheese heroin death in Frisco in recent memory.
October 30, 2009
The Dallas Morning News