For release on August 22, 2022
Deputy District Attorney
Major Crimes & Drug Trafficking Unit
San Jose Man Convicted of Felony Drug Sales
After a Series of Los Gatos High School Student Overdoses
A San Jose drug dealer will be sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted last week of selling fentanyl-laced pills to a group of Los Gatos High School students.
Several students carried Narcan with them in case they overdosed on the toxic drug. One of the victims overdosed in a bathroom at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. She was 15.
Late last week, Simon Armendariz pleaded as charged to all charges and allegations, which included four felonies for selling drugs to minors, misdemeanors for possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and possession of fentanyl, and two strike prior offenses. As well as other misdemeanor offenses. Armendariz, 23, - who sometimes called himself “Risky” - will be formally sentenced on December 6, 2023, at 9:05 a.m. in D26 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose.
“Just so everybody knows: fentanyl kills,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “Just so everybody knows: if you sell fentanyl to teenagers then our prosecutors will do everything in our power to send you to prison for a very long time.”
The investigation began when the Santa Clara Police Department responded to an overdose. The pill the teen overdosed on – a counterfeit Percocet pill laced with fentanyl – was traced back to Armendariz.
The SCPD, a county drug task force, and DA investigators traced the drugs to several other students, one of whom would get the $10 pills delivered from the dealer at school before first period or at the nearby parking lot of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Los Gatos.