A Fredericksburg teen is dead and his friend is in the hospital after the pair allegedly snorted a synthetic drug over the weekend.
According to Fredericksburg Police Lt. Steve Wetz, the teens ingested the synthetic substance early Saturday morning at a friend’s home located in the 400 Block of West Schubert.
The teen who lives at the home told investigators he watched his friends, Sam Herrera, 16, and James Jarreau, 17, snort the white powder around 1:30 a.m.
Approximately an hour later, around 2:40, the two teens were hallucinating, yelling at each other and being destructive.
The homeowner woke up and called 911. By the time emergency responders arrived, Herrera was unconscious.
"When we got there the Herrera subject was unconscious and the other one was hallucinating strongly," Wetz said.
The teens were taken to Hill Country Memorial Hospital where Herrera was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest.
Jarreau was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio in critical condition. By Monday his condition was upgraded to stable.
Wetz said investigators have determined the substance the teens ingested was a research chemical known as 25c-NBOMe. The substance is not meant for human consumption but is sold online as a hallucinogenic.
According to Wetz, the teens bought the white powder from another Fredericksburg High School student.
"He found it on the internet and ordered it off the internet and then he sold it to them that night," Wetz said.
Wetz said some of the substance was recovered at the home and sent to a lab for testing.
"As soon as we determine what the substance is made of, the chemical makeup and whether or not it's an illegal drug, we'll know more about whether we can charge him," Wetz said.
According to Fredericksburg ISD officials, extra counselors were on hand Monday at the high school for students and staff. Herrera was a Sophomore athlete who played on the school's basketball team.
A funeral for Herrera is scheduled for Wednesday in Fredericksburg.