4 charged in Mankato synthetic drug deaths

MANKATO, Minn. - Three adults and a juvenile have been charged with a handful of drug offenses in connection with the deaths of two young people in Mankato.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Tyler Caputo, his girlfriend 20-year-old Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, 30-year-old James Inman and an unnamed juvenile were involved in providing the synthetic substances that resulted in the two deaths.

Police believe that the baggies contained a synthetic substance known as "2-C."

Investigators say they talked to the boyfriend of a 17-year-old Mankato woman who died after taking powder or pills from a blue plastic baggie with crowns on it. The juvenile told them that he had also taken the substance, which they had purchased from a known teen. Police served a search warrant on that juvenile's residence and found capsules and blue baggies similar to those found at the places where the two deaths occurred. .

Information uncovered by detectives steered them to Inman, who admitted that he provided drugs to a 22-year-old man who died after ingesting the substance. Inman told authorities he got the synthetic substances from Tyler Caputo and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider.

A search warrant served at at Caputo and Reichel-Schneider's residence on March 11 turned up significant quantities of powder and pills, smoking and snorting pipes and paraphernalia, a mushroom growing operation, marijuana, blue baggies with crowns on them and weighing scales.

Police also say the drugs and equipment were within reach of a small child found in the residence.

Caputo, Reichel-Schneider and Inman are being held in the local jail, while the juvenile is being held in a facility in Carver County.


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