Amarillo drug dealer who sold a deadly dose of heroin has been
sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the
Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
Cynthia Marie Carrasco, 58, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court
to possession with the intent to distribute heroin resulting in death.
On April 19, 2019, Amarillo Police Department officers were called to
a hotel in Amarillo, Texas, to investigate a suspected heroin overdose.
The deceased 33-year-old victim had been staying at the hotel with
37-year-old Jeffery Michael Smith.
According to court documents, Smith agreed to be interviewed by
Amarillo Police Department narcotics agents where he admitted to buying
heroin from Cynthia Carrasco for a period of time. Smith admitted that
he purchased the heroin for his acquaintance used shortly before her
death from Carrasco.
During a non-custodial interview with Carrasco at her home, she
admitted that she knew Smith and had previously sold him heroin.
Carrasco stated that she repackaged heroin into smaller quantities for
sale. Carrasco allowed officers to seize her phone. On the phone,
officers located evidence that Carrasco was purchasing heroin from
Andrew Olguin. In a subsequent interview, Carrasco admitted that her
heroin had killed the victim on the night of April 19, 2019.
Agents identified Austin Potts as suspect in the investigation.
During an interview with agents, Potts admitted to delivering heroin to
individuals for Carrasco.
Other co-defendants also received the following sentences for their
involvement: Austin Ryan Potts, 26, 5 years, Andrew Olguin, 64, 10
years, Jeffrey Michael Smith, 37, 10 years.
The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Agency with the
assistance of Randall County Sheriff’s department and the Amarillo
Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Marie Bell is
prosecuting the case.