Friday, 19 July 2024

Napa County District Attorney’s Office files murder charges against Santa Rosa duo accused of selling fentanyl to teenaged victim

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley on Wednesday announced the filing of murder charges against two Santa Rosa men accused of selling fentanyl to a Napa teenager resulting in her death.

The filing of charges against Alan Jazeel Martinez, age 22, and Luis Fajardo Melgoza, age 20, marks the first time in Napa County law enforcement history that the Napa DA has charged a supplier of fentanyl with murder in connection with a fentanyl-related death.

In addition to the murder charges, Martinez and Melgoza are charged with the sale of a controlled substance to a minor; transportation for sale a controlled substance; possession for sale of a controlled substance; conspiracy to commit a crime; and child abuse likely to cause great bodily injury or death.

Further, the District Attorney’s Office opted to charge the defendants with the following aggravating factors, recognizing the unique circumstances present in this case: violence, cruelty, viciousness, or callousness; vulnerable victim; inducing others to participate in a crime; inducing a minor to participate in a crime; and planning, sophistication, and professionalism.

It is alleged that on May 10, 2022, and again on May 16, 2022, Martinez and Melgoza sold the victim fentanyl-laced pills that killed her.

The case involves 17-year-old Monica Flores, who was found deceased in the bedroom of her Napa home by members of her family on the morning of May 25, 2022.

Martinez and Melgoza are being held at the Napa jail without bail and are due today at the Napa County Superior Court for an arraignment hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

A third defendant in this case, Erika Garcia Chavez, age 23, is being charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and possession for sale of a controlled substance.

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