Mankato's Tyler Caputo charged with murder for allegedly selling synthetic hallucinogen

Categories: Crime, Drugs, Law
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Mankato Department of Public Safety
Caputo (left) allegedly sold 2C in crown baggies like the one at right.
Tyler Caputo, a 21-year-old Mankato resident, allegedly sold a synthetic hallucinogen called 2C to buyers who would drop by his place. Dealt from one person to the next, drugs from his batch ultimately ended up in the hands of 22-year-old Louis Folson-Hart and 17-year-old Chloe Moses, both of whom died early last month after allegedly ingesting one of Caputo's pills.

Toxicology reports released this week linked both deaths to the 2C, so Caputo, who was already facing drug charges, now faces two counts of third-degree murder as well.

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Officers executing a search warrant last month at the residence Caputo shared with his girlfriend in Mankato's Eastport Section 8 Housing facility found him playing video games. The criminal complaint says psychedelic mushrooms were growing in his closet, and a smorgasbord of drugs were found, including marijuana, an unidentified brown powder, capsules filled with white powder, and blue baggies like the ones found in the possession of both Folson-Hart and Moses.

"In the kitchen, agents and officers located a small Mason jar containing less than [a half] ounce of suspected marijuana, which was located next to the baby food," the complaint says. "Agent Johnson noted that several of the suspected drug paraphernalia and other related items, including the capsules of an unknown substance and the psilocybin mushroom grower, were accessible to a juvenile toddler, who also resides in the residence."

Caputo told officers he himself had never tried the 2C, but he acknowledged the capsules found in his residence were only partially filled because of how easy it is to overdose on the drug.

Caputo "advised that the powder was probably his," the complaint says.

Tests conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later linked the white power found in Caputo's residence to the power contained in a capsule ingested by Folson-Hart before he died.

A juvenile male investigators spoke with in connection to Moses's death said he helped Caputo fill some of the capsules with white powder and then put them in the crown baggies in mid-February. He said Caputo sold each pill for $15 and could make thousand of doses from the amount of white powder he had at his residence at the time.

Caputo faces up to 25 years in prison for each of the murder charges. He isn't in custody at this is published.

To read Caputo's criminal complaint for yourself, click to page two.


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lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

This is a travesty that the man is even charged with murder for selling a fucking substance. It's not his fault some irresponsible people can't figure their own lives out. Murder charges involve intent, and he will be shown to have none and will get free. This is a waste of taxpayer money, and an abuse of the law. 

KittyMeow55403
KittyMeow55403

You can't charge a drug-dealer with murder. 

2C isn't even a drug. There's 2Ci and 2Cb and 2Ce and assorted other "2C" research chemicals out there but there is always a risk involved when taking a bunch of mystery powder. Seriously. The fuck is this "murder" charge about? Unless he forced the dead kid to eat drugcake, providing a kid with drugs isn't murder. Not a great career choice, but still not murder.

Otherwise you'd have to charge every person that sells a steak knife with accessory to every murder committed with the brand of steak knife used.

Samuel Thomas Kooy
Samuel Thomas Kooy

None of you matter. Keep your worthless views to yourself. You are not a special or unique, you are just American.

Jennifer Ann
Jennifer Ann

While I agree the guy should be held accountable for selling drugs (and child endangerment and likely an assortment of other charges) I'm thinking charging him for the murder of a couple of people who accidentally overdosed crosses some kind of line. It's one thing if he had pushed the plunger, or forced a pill, or even intentionally sold them drugs hoping they would die (which by the way is antithetical to pretty much all for-profit business...you want repeat customers if you're trying to make money, don't you?) but those two willingly bought and ingested the illegal drugs. No one made them do it. Seems irresponsible to point the finger at one person and make him entirely responsible for someone else's bad decisions. Let's also consider the precedent this could set for other types of situations that might not really warrant this type of response.

eddogg67
eddogg67

No he shouldn't. Murder implies an intent to kill someone.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

If this drug went through several other's hands before "ultimately" getting to the two that died, why is only this guy being charged? Maybe because he won't rat out who he got it from? 

Negishi Sissies
Negishi Sissies

The practice,tradition or habit of taking drugs , is foolish ,in the first place !

Ryan Birch
Ryan Birch

almost any good music that has ever been recorded

Kenny Thiem
Kenny Thiem

Not all Murder is premeditated. You can accidentally kill someone as messed up as that sounds. Someone can die as a result of your negligence but premeditated means they planned it out ahead of time and that they intended for the person to die.

Jennifer Dahn
Jennifer Dahn

When are we going to put an end to the ridiculous War On Drugs?? It's the real problem and people are just to ignorant to do the research. Billions of dollars have been absolutely wasted by our government and thousands have been imprisoned and have had their lives ruined. The government doesn't care about you, the War On Drugs has never been about you. It's been about profit.

Michael Matt
Michael Matt

I'd say it the people who took the drugs fault.

Jeff Lawrence
Jeff Lawrence

Don't play pharmacist dude. Selling potent drugs should be left up to professionals.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Is there any benefit to taking LSD/Synthetic LSD? Ending the "Drug war" is/and should be about giving greater access to Marijuana. Not harder drugs.

Aaron Rupar
Aaron Rupar

You're right, we changed the terminology to "synthetic hallucinogen" to make it less redundant. Thanks.

Kaitlin Braun
Kaitlin Braun

He'll yea Regen Ingalls Koch! That's how I feel. Do wrong to a child, and I don't give a **** what charges they get. And this... Perfect charge

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

These people wouldn't have died if they had taken real LSD. #EndTheDrugWar

Regen Ingalls Koch
Regen Ingalls Koch

@Tahsha first degree murder is premeditated. 3rd degree is a result of negligence.

Regen Ingalls Koch
Regen Ingalls Koch

He deserves every charge, lets not forgot he had his poor child in that shit hole home.

Tahsha LePage
Tahsha LePage

Murder is premeditated..so they would need to prove he intended to kill someone. Wrong charge.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

2C is NOT LSD. Stop making such blatant reporting errors.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

The charge should be unintentional manslaughter, even that is questionable.

Jim Hanson
Jim Hanson

List one positive result that comes from 'street/illicit drug' use.

ANoonyMouse
ANoonyMouse

2C is not a drug. It's a family of phenethylamines synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. In addition, all LSD is synthetic. Hooray for redundancy!

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

Well its not synthetic LSD first off since LSD is already synthetic/semi-synthetic, it is called a research chemical, 2nd off there is no drug called just 2C. Maybe if they ended the ridiculous drug war people wouldn't die from potentially hazardous substances when they could jsut get the real deal. I guess anything passes for "reporting" these days.

gulfport2012
gulfport2012

@lkjhasdf I disagree. The Pure Food And Drug Act of 1906 was designed to regulate products which don't work or are harmful. Later amendments requiring labeling and warnings of known hazards. According to the article, Caputo was aware that the drug he was selling was easily toxic. That is negligent behavior leading to death, aka manslaughter. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@KittyMeow55403  haahhaha  you do a drug called 2c you fucking loser


who would take something from this creep called 2c and think its a positive 

HamasFeedsChilrens
HamasFeedsChilrens

Yeah! Everyone knows Big Pharma makes the best recreational sh** anyway.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

For regular LSD, yes there is. But one needs to be very careful. I haven't done it in many many years and I would never try synthetic anything.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@ANoonyMouse  You're right. We changed the phrasing to "synthetic hallucinogen" to make it less redundant. 

HamasFeedsChilrens
HamasFeedsChilrens

Where is it from? Is it that LSA sht? It's like a chiral version of it or something? I've seen people passing a water bottle with that dissolved inside.


Real acid hasn't been around for 15 years. It sucks. 

KittyMeow55403
KittyMeow55403

@digitalprotocol @KittyMeow55403  


Who said I personally did any of the 2C-group of research chemicals? It's called being informed of current events. Or, hey. Try doing a a google search about whatever you're commenting about before you say something rude and stupid, yeah? Great. Thanks.

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