Northrop student charged with dealing fake Xanax

Jacob Howard, 18, is charged with four counts of dealing in a look-a-like substance

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A high school student faces charges after being accused of dealing fake Xanax, which in one case was sold to a student who was hospitalized after overdosing.

Jacob Howard
Image of Jacob Howard provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Prosecutors have charged Northrop High School student Jacob Howard, 18, with four counts of dealing in a look-alike substance, a level 5 felony. This comes just a week after the Fort Wayne Police Department warned of fake Xanax that resulted in two deaths and put an 18-year-old in the hospital.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, on March 31, Howard turned 10 pills he thought were Xanax to school administrators and admitted to selling pills to four students earlier in the day, including the hospitalized teen.

xanaxDuring an interview with Howard, court documents said he told police he sold the pills in the school’s bathroom.  He admitted selling five fake Xanax pills to the hospitalized teen and admitted to selling the same pills to three students, two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old.

School surveillance video of the hallway in front of the bathroom confirmed the details Howard told police.

It’s not clear if the pills Howard is accused of selling are connected with the deaths the Fort Wayne Police Department is investigating.

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