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Las Vegas police warn about fentanyl dangers, charge man with murder after teen overdoses

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Sep 16, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are sounding the alarm again, warning about the dangerous drug fentanyl.

"If you sell a drug and it kills someone, we will be relentless in doing everything we can to take you to justice and if that means charging you with justice, so be it," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. John Pelletier during a press conference Thursday.

The department says they have done just that, arresting 22-year-old Joshua Roberts and charging him with first and second-degree murder for the death of Mia Gugino.

17- year-old Gugino was found unresponsive in her room in February. Authorities say she died from an overdose.

During the press conference, her father shared an emotional plea to the community.

"This drug doesn't give you any chance. That day, she was herself -- playing with our daughter, her younger sister, cooking dinner. I went to sleep, I woke up and everything was gone," he said.

"Police say so far this year.., 5 children under the age of 17... have died from overdoses.
4 of them... are opioid related.

Watch the full press conference below.