Messages on a Center Grove teen’s cellphone led authorities to three men police said delivered or sold the drugs that he took the night of his death.
Two men have been arrested, and police are looking for one other. Police said all three supplied Samuel Xavier Motsay, 16, with a new hallucinogenic drug. The Center Grove High School student was found dead Sunday morning, and toxicology reports are pending.
The sheriff is issuing a warning to parents and teens that this new drug is in the community and extremely dangerous.
“We know we’ve got a problem,” Sheriff Doug Cox said. “This stuff is in the community. You have kids taking this stuff, not knowing what they’re putting in their bodies. And unfortunately, for this young man, it cost him his life, if in fact that’s what he did. So we need to get the word out that this stuff will kill you.”
The investigation this week honed in on a southside man with a criminal record for dealing drugs and two other men who took the drug, known as 25I NBOMe or N bomb, to the student, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Police suspect the drug caused the teen’s death.
Police arrested Zachary Catron, 24, Indianapolis, on nine charges, including felony counts for dealing drugs. Kyle Hazzard, 24, Greenwood, turned himself into the Johnson County jail Thursday night, and a warrant has been issued for Jordan Adamowicz, 19, Indianapolis, on charges of dealing a synthetic drug.
Adamowicz had not been arrested by Thursday afternoon, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
It is unclear how Motsay knew the three men.
An autopsy did not show a cause of death, but police found an unidentified substance on blotter type
paper near his body. Blotter paper can be used to absorb a drug in the mouth.
Investigators looked through Motsay’s phone to find out whom he had been communicating with before his death and found messages from Saturday night.
Those messages were between Motsay and two other men, whom police said he was arranging to buy drugs from. Investigators said that Hazzard and Adamowicz brought the drugs to the home in the Eagle Trace subdivision where Motsay was, according to the news release. Motsay did not live at the home but was there with two other boys. One of the boys called 911 when he found Motsay unconscious.
Police sent the substance found near Motsay’s body for expedited testing at the Indiana State Police lab this week and found that it was the illegal drug 25I NBOMe.
The investigation also led police to a home in the 3100 block of Tacoma Avenue on the southside, where police said Catron lives.
Police were told they would find drugs similar to what was found near Motsay, the release said.
In the home, police found blotter paper similar to what was found next to Motsay’s body, other drugs and guns. Catron was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was being held on $200,000 bond. His nine charges include possession and dealing of a controlled substance, cocaine and marijuana, visiting a common nuisance and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Catron already was facing criminal charges in Johnson County. In an unrelated case, he had been charged with three counts of dealing a narcotic drug, after police said he sold heroin and a form of Ecstasy in undercover drug deals, according to court records.
He is also on home monitoring and wears an ankle device due to a felony conviction in Marion County, according to the news release.
Investigators are waiting for toxicology reports conducted on Motsay, but they suspect 25I NBOMe is what killed him. Parents and teens need to be aware that this new drug could be fatal, Cox said.
The drug found near Motsay is similar to LSD, but very little is known about it, Cox said.
“It’s something new out,” Cox said. “I can’t begin to explain it to you.”