Suspected heroin supplier arrested after 19-year-old dies of overdose
A suspected heroin dealer is in jail after a 19-year-old reportedly overdosed and died last week.
Police say an investigation into the death of Kali Perry on November 4 led them to 21-year-old Alexis Carrasquillo of Syracuse. Deputies arrested Carrasquillo and housemate Sara Austin when 153 packets of heroin were discovered inside their home. Carrasquillo allegedly had an additional 50 packets in his pocket. The drugs are worth about $3,000.
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says the packets of heroin were labeled "this or that?," which matches the stamp on the packets investigators found near Perry's body. Investigators used a phone number found by Perry's parents to set up a drug buy with an undercover detective. The detective made direct purchases of heroin from Carrasquillo prior to obtaining search warrants.
Carrasquillo faces five felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also faces counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a child.
20-year-old Austin faces three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Carrasquillo and Austin have two children, and infant and a toddler, who were in the home at the time of the arrest. Those children are now staying with a family member.
Court documents indicate the child endangerment charge stems from the heroin reportedly being in "close proximity" to the couple's two-year-old child, and easily accessible.
Carrasquillo and Austin are in the Justice Center awaiting arraignment Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, small packets labeled "This or That?" could be seen on the sidewalk outside Carrasquillo and Austin's home.
Perry's death is still under investigation by the Syracuse Police Department.