Mankato's Tyler Caputo charged with murder for allegedly selling synthetic hallucinogen
Caputo (left) allegedly sold 2C in crown baggies like the one at right.
Mankato Department of Public Safety
Tyler Caputo, a 21-year-old Mankato resident, allegedly sold a synthetic hallucinogen called 2C to buyers who would drop by his place. Dealt from one person to the next, drugs from his batch ultimately ended up in the hands of 22-year-old Louis Folson-Hart and 17-year-old Chloe Moses, both of whom died early last month after allegedly ingesting one of Caputo's pills.
Toxicology reports released this week linked both deaths to the 2C, so Caputo, who was already facing drug charges, now faces two counts of third-degree murder as well.
Officers executing a search warrant last month at the residence Caputo shared with his girlfriend in Mankato's Eastport Section 8 Housing facility found him playing video games. The criminal complaint says psychedelic mushrooms were growing in his closet, and a smorgasbord of drugs were found, including marijuana, an unidentified brown powder, capsules filled with white powder, and blue baggies like the ones found in the possession of both Folson-Hart and Moses.
"In the kitchen, agents and officers located a small Mason jar containing less than [a half] ounce of suspected marijuana, which was located next to the baby food," the complaint says. "Agent Johnson noted that several of the suspected drug paraphernalia and other related items, including the capsules of an unknown substance and the psilocybin mushroom grower, were accessible to a juvenile toddler, who also resides in the residence."
Caputo told officers he himself had never tried the 2C, but he acknowledged the capsules found in his residence were only partially filled because of how easy it is to overdose on the drug.
Caputo "advised that the powder was probably his," the complaint says.
Tests conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later linked the white power found in Caputo's residence to the power contained in a capsule ingested by Folson-Hart before he died.
A juvenile male investigators spoke with in connection to Moses's death said he helped Caputo fill some of the capsules with white powder and then put them in the crown baggies in mid-February. He said Caputo sold each pill for $15 and could make thousand of doses from the amount of white powder he had at his residence at the time.
Caputo faces up to 25 years in prison for each of the murder charges. He isn't in custody at this is published.
To read Caputo's criminal complaint for yourself, click to page two.
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