Mankato Authorities Suspect Synthetic Drug Killed 2 People over the Weekend

Updated: 03/12/2014 9:16 PM
Created: 03/12/2014 8:15 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Mankato police suspect a drug sold in blue packages with gold or silver crowns is responsible for the deaths of two people.

Last Wednesday, a neighbor of 22-year-old Louis Folson ran next door to check on him and he wasn't breathing. She dialed 911 for help. "It was a matter of probably 5 minutes, not even. And they came in started doing CPR," she said.

Folson died.

A little baggie was found in his apartment. The baggie is approximately 2 by 2.5 inches in size, it is covered with images of gold-colored crowns.

Then on Saturday, first responders were dispatched to a house where 17-year-old Chloe Moses was having a seizure. The same kind of baggie was found in Folson's house. Moses was later taken off  life support on Monday and died.

Daniel Schisel of the Department of Public Safety in Mankato says, they have an idea of what the drug may be. "We believe there was a pill or some type of powder present. And we believe it to be synthetic LSD or a synthetic cocaine," he said. It is commonly called "2-C."

The school district announced Chloe's death over the intercom Monday. But many students at Mankato West High School already knew through Facebook and Twitter.

"I was aware of who she was and I've heard nothing but good things about her," one student said. 

Public Safety Director Todd Miller asked anyone with information about the drug or the packages to call police.

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