Dealer Charged After 12-Year-Old San Jose Girl Fatally Overdoses on Fentanyl

For release on January 25, 2022


Donald R. Shearer
Deputy District Attorney
Juvenile Justice Unit
(408) 792-2830


Drug Dealer Charged After 12-Year-Old San Jose Girl Fatally Overdoses on Fentanyl

A drug dealer has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old San Jose girl who fatally overdosed on fentanyl.

The 16-year-old San Jose charged minor sold the drug to the girl in 2020. She died shortly after consuming three-quarters of a single pill. Jane Doe became the youngest person to fatally overdose in the county in 2020.

The charged minor faces incarceration.

“After thousands of deaths, everyone should know that fentanyl is a deadly poison,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “Thanks to the San Jose Police Department, the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, and our investigators, this child’s tragically short life may help save others.” 

On November 14, 2020, Jane Doe, was with two other teens when she contacted the suspect and bought a “M-30” pill. The group videoed her lining up the crushed pill for ingestion. After snorting the fentanyl, she passed out and began snoring, a telltale sign of a fentanyl overdose. Shortly after they brought her to the Regional Medical Center in San Jose, she was declared dead.

SJPD arrested the youth today. In the dealer’s Google Photos account, there were screen shots of public service warnings over fentanyl overdoses. The PSAs predated the girl’s death.

This is the second time the Santa Clara County DA’s Office has charged a drug dealer with murder after a fatal overdose. A San Jose man is facing a murder charge after selling a fatal opioid over Snapchat to a Santa Clara 18-year-old in 2020.

Fentanyl is approximately 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine. Just a few grains can cause a fatal overdose. Illicit fentanyl is sometimes pressed into pills made to look like other prescription pills (like oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and others). In Santa Clara County, fentanyl is especially prevalent in fake generic pills, with such street names as “M-30s,” “M-box-30s,” “pressed blues,” “blues,” and “Oxy.” If you provide a substance containing fentanyl to someone and that person dies as a result, you can be charged with murder.

If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids, please visit the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Substance Use Treatment Services webpage





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