CA man pleads sale of deadly fentanyl to Rocklin teenager

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The Sacramento man arrested last year for selling deadly fentanyl pills to Rocklin teenager Zachary Didier pleaded no-contest Tuesday in Placer County Superior Court. Virgil Xavier Bmapper, 22, was arrested after 17-year-old Didier died after taking a pill he allegedly bought from Bmapper in December 2020. Bmapper now faces a possible 17-year sentence in California’s prison system. | VIDEO BELOW| Man arrested in connection with Rocklin teenager’s fentanyl death A plea of ​​non-contest does not mean that Bmapper has admitted his guilt, only that he accepts the conviction. Didier’s parents were in the courtroom and said they felt relieved to hear Bmapper’s plea for the prosecution. “Trials are an added trauma,” said Laura Didier, Zach’s mother. “You have to live through everything again.” You know the story too well. Through Snapchat, her 17-year-old son found Bmapper was selling pills around Christmas 2020. They met twice and the second round of pills turned out to be laced with fentanyl and not oxycodone, although prosecutors said the pills looked real. “A crime has been committed. Our child lost his life as a result and there is a consequence that should be addressed,” said Chris Didier, Zach’s father. Based on the sentencing guidelines, Bmapper faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison. A significant number for Zach’s parents.” It equaled 17 years and that’s the same number of years Zach had in his life,” Laura said. Since Didier’s death, his parents have become big advocates for parents and teens to learn about the dangers of fentanyl. Works with several organizations, including Placer County’s “1 Pill Can Kill” campaign from Placer County to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of the time, however, illicit fentanyl is also mixed with other illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine to increase its effectiveness.| WATCH HERE | KCRA 3 Investigative Special Report: Fighting FentanylThe DEA said two milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly, depending on a person’s size. “One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people,” the DEA said on its website. | VIDEO BELOW | Placer County DA: Fake pill lethality in recent fentanyl bust shows ‘how scary this is’ Scroll through the interactive map below for more information from the California Department of Health and Human Services on fentanyl-related deaths in the state for 2020 and its outsized impact on younger people.| INTERACTIVE MAP BELOW | Fentanyl-related Deaths by California County and Age for 2020Related ContentNorthern California Moms Warn of Dangers of Fake Pills Containing Deadly FentanylQ&A: Zachary Didier’s parents talk about their mission to raise awareness about fentanyl since Rocklin’s death The Stanislaus County Assistant Attorney explains how the fentanyl epidemic has gotten worse since pandemic

The Sacramento man arrested last year for selling deadly fentanyl pills to Rocklin teenager Zachary Didier pleaded no contest in Placer County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Virgil Xavier Bmapper, 22, was arrested after 17-year-old Didier died after taking a pill he allegedly bought from Bmapper in December 2020. Bmapper now faces a possible 17-year sentence in the California prison system.

| VIDEO BELOW| Man arrested in connection with Rocklin teenager’s fentanyl death

Bmapper did not deny three charges, including involuntary manslaughter and two counts of selling a controlled substance to a minor, and admitted the specific charge of causing grievous bodily harm, Placer County officials said.

A plea of ​​non-contest does not mean that Bmapper has admitted his guilt, only that he accepts the conviction.

Didier’s parents were in the courtroom and said they felt relieved to hear Bmapper’s plea for the prosecution.

“Exams are an added trauma,” said Laura Didier, Zach’s mom. “You have to live through everything again.”

You know the story too well. Through Snapchat, her 17-year-old son found Bmapper selling pills around Christmas 2020. They met twice and the second round of pills turned out to be laced with fentanyl and not oxycodone, although prosecutors said the pills looked real.

“A crime has been committed. Our child lost his life as a result and there is a consequence that should be addressed,” said Chris Didier, Zach’s father.

Due to the sentencing guidelines, Bmapper faces a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.
Quite a number for Zach’s parents.

“That was 17 years and that’s the same number of years that Zach had in his life,” Laura said.

Since Didier’s death, his parents have become important advocates for parents and young people to learn the dangers of fentanyl.

They have made high-profile announcements and work with several organizations, including Placer County’s 1 Pill Can Kill Campaign.

Bmapper’s sentencing is scheduled for September 1 in Placer County Superior Court.

What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of the time, however, illicit fentanyl is also mixed with other illicit drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine to increase its effectiveness.

| WWATCH HERE | KCRA 3 Investigates Special Report: Fighting Fentanyl

The DEA said two milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly, depending on how tall a person is.

“One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people,” the DEA said on its website.

| VIDEO BELOW | Placer County DA: Counterfeit pill lethality in recent fentanyl bust shows ‘how scary this is’

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is the #1 killer in adults ages 18 to 45 as of 2020. Scroll through the interactive map below for more information from the California Department of Health and Human Services on fentanyl-related deaths in the state for 2020 and its outsized impact on younger people.

| INTERACTIVE MAP BELOW | Fentanyl-related deaths by California county and age for 2020

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