Pennsylvania mom arrested after recruiting young daughters to sell fake Oxy pills, DA say

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Jul. 8 2021, Published 8:48 a.m. ET

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A mom allegedly got her 12-year-old and 14-year-old daughters to sell fake Oxycodone pills for her that were laced with fentanyl.

Now, Suleyka Santiago, 34, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, has been arrested for drug trafficking.

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Santiago allegedly took over the drug trafficking enterprise from her boyfriend, Kevin Scott, who was arrested on possession with intent to deliver and related charges in October, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

At the time, Scott was selling what has been confirmed by lab tests to be counterfeit Oxycodone pills with fentanyl, according to police. Fentanyl is an opioid that is often added to other drugs to enhance the effect, but a small dose can be deadly.

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Scott remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on a $100,000 cash bond.

In June 2021, a confidential police informant arranged to meet with Santiago to purchase drugs, according to the district attorney's office.

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Santiago’s vehicle was parked at the pickup location and her daughters allegedly sold the informant the drugs. One of the daughters took the money, and the other provided them with the pills, according to prosecutors.

Santiago was inside a building and not in the car at the time of the deal, prosecutors noted.

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The pills purchased by the informant were blue pills, stamped with “M30.”

They are suspected to be fake Oxycodone pills and are undergoing lab testing, according to the district attorney's office.

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In a second instance, a confidential informant bought pills in a hand-to-hand purchase with Santiago, prosecutors alleged. The purchase occurred outside of the same vehicle from the earlier transaction.

Santiago was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver, soliciting minors to traffic drugs, endangering the welfare of children, criminal use of a communications facility and related charges.

She was arraigned on July 1, and bail was set at $100,000 cash, according to the district attorney's office. It was later reduced to $10,000 unsecured, which meant Santiago was released on her own recognizance.

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