Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Selling Fentanyl-Laced Pill To Teen Who Overdosed In 2020

A young Redding drug dealer has been given a little more than half the maximum sentence for selling a Fentanyl-laced pill that killed a 13-year-old boy. 21-year-old Ryan Andrew Harrison entered a guilty plea a month ago to voluntary manslaughter and other charges. On August 8th of 2020 the boy was found unresponsive by his parents at their home on Veda Street. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead. Redding Police detectives found the boy had used his cell phone to visit a Snapchat account and order a single “Perc”, a reference to Percocet, a prescription pill containing Oxycodone. No trace of Percocet was found in the boy’s system, so it was determined that he had been sold a counterfeit pill containing Fentanyl. Detectives got help from Federal Homeland Security to eventually arrive at Harrison, who was using his social media account to advertise and sell drugs to his customers, including many minors. When a search warrant was served at Harrison’s home on Fairmont Drive, detectives found over 900 pills containing Fentanyl, a variety of other drugs and more than $30,000. Harrison admitted to dealing pills that were blue with an “M30” stamp to look like Percocet but which actually contained Fentanyl. Harrison could have gotten 13 years in prison. On Tuesday he was sentenced to 7 years.