Infant dies from consuming fentanyl


Mikiyas Maryie Kefyalew, also known as “Mick,” 24, of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been charged with distribution of fentanyl that caused the death of a child victim in a criminal complaint. The defendant was remanded in custody awaiting trial following his first court appearance on September 16, 2022, at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, before Magistrate Judge Ajmel A. Quereshi.

Law enforcement authorities discovered a fake tablet that looked like 30 mg of oxycodone after a juvenile victim died in Bethesda, Maryland, in January 2022. They also allegedly found texts between the victim and Kefyalew. A forensic chemist later examined the pill and found that it contained fentanyl. The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim’s cause of death to be a fentanyl overdose. Following a forensic examination of the victim’s mobile phone, numerous claimed communications between the victim and a contact named “Mick” were discovered. The victim and Kefyalew discussed meeting for a drug deal during conversations.

According to court records, a witness told court authorities that the victim bought “percs” from a man named “Mick.” The small blue pill discovered at the victim’s death scene matches the description of the “percs” provided by the witness as well.

Kefyalew received a criminal citation in August 2021 for possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. On one occasion, police discovered a small blue pill marked ‘M30’ inside a small bag of marijuana recovered from a car in which Kefyalew was traveling at the time of his arrest. The pill was examined and found to also contain fentanyl.

Additionally, as noted in the document, police carried out a search warrant on Kefyalew’s car in March 2022. Officers executed the search warrant and discovered two mobile phones, one of which contained numerous texts suggestive of drug dealing, including a chat from October 2021 in which someone advised Kefyalew to get Narcan to prevent overdoses by those who use “percs.”

Kefyalew could face life in federal prison if convicted of distributing fentanyl with the intent to cause significant bodily harm or death. For federal crimes, the actual sentences are often less severe than the maximum penalties. Any punishment will be decided by a federal district court judge after United States Sentencing Guidelines and other legal considerations.

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