Suspect in Teen's Fatal Overdose Arrested

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December 01, 2023 15:00


Portland Police Bureau personnel, alongside partner agencies, arrested the suspect in the fatal overdose of a local teenager.

On September 20, 2023, North Precinct officers responded to a local hospital on reports of an overdose. Officers determined that one day earlier the 15-year-old girl ingested a counterfeit Oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl. The girl fell unconscious almost immediately. A friend called 911 and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The girl, in a coma, was transported to the hospital where she later died.

Detectives from PPB’s Narcotics and Organized Crime (NOC) Unit, assisted by federal partners, took over the case. They determined the teen girl obtained the pills through a friend who had purchased them from a dealer in the area of Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Going Street. Detectives identified the dealer as Nasir Overton, 20, of Portland, and they arrested him on the evening of November 30, 2023.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s Interdiction Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Since the start of the year, PPB’s NOC Unit has been notified of approximately 277 deadly overdoses. That’s a more than 75% increase from 2022. Of those 277 deadly overdoses, nine involved juveniles. An additional three juveniles have overdosed this year, but they survived.

PPB sounded the alarm on juvenile overdoses back in late September:

As a reminder, the numbers mentioned above are only cases that PPB’s been notified on and they are all ‘suspected’ overdoses until confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Getting a handle on the fentanyl epidemic has been and will continue to be a priority for PPB.



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