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Police, family warn about street drug known as 'Mexican Oxy'

Updated: November 11, 2019 10:13 PM

Authorities are issuing a new warning concerning a drug known on the street as Mexican Oxy, M-Box or Oxy 30. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an information alert to law enforcement statewide and to people looking to purchase the drug. 

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Since early 2019, there have been several fatal and non-fatal overdoses related to the fake Oxycodone pills. 

The first death, which occurred in March, involved 38-year-old Beth Roulet.

"In their need for the drug, they're going to roll the dice and take a chance," Joel Roulet, Beth's father, said. 

Beth Roulet died after using the drug at the family's home in Mankato. 

Lab tests confirmed the drug that looked legitimate was almost entirely Fentanyl. She purchased the pills from a local street dealer who has since been charged with her death.

"We believe she thought they were real," Susan Roulet, Beth's mother, said. 

In the seven months since, there have been more overdose incidents in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, according to the warning from authorities. 

Authorities believe the drugs are made locally and sold at a higher price to unwitting addicts. 

"It makes me so angry, sick to my stomach, to know there are people making a pill which will eventually kill people," Joel Roulet said. 

The Roulets said they have been haunted by their daughter's death and urge other parents not to let emotions or money get in the way of helping a child. 

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