On March 21, 2019, 22-year-old Jacob Reis of Cary, Illinois pleaded guilty to charges he gave his 19-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Ramirez, a deadly fentanyl-laced counterfeit pill that killed her, the Northwest Herald reports.

According to a 2018 article in the Northwest Herald, Reis and another young woman, Reanna Salas, were originally charged with providing the deadly counterfeit Xanax that killed Ms. Ramirez.  

Because Reis was willing to accept a plea deal, prosecutors dropped more serious allegations, including homicide charges that could have put him in jail for 30 years, the Northwest Herald reports.

Ramirez’s mother, Sarah Peters, said in a statement to the court:

“The day after Mother’s Day in 2018, I received word that Rachel was nonresponsive, and it took over three hours to hear the awful notice that my daughter Rachel was dead. One of my precious children was taken from me, and it was my Rachel.”

 

Visit our Illinois state page to learn more about counterfeit drug incidents there.