Mother arrested in connection to teen overdose

Criminal charges have been filed against a Moab woman and her 17-year-old son in connection with a case of two teens that overdosed using drugs. Marlee Ann Swink, 39, and her son are charged with obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug free zone, a class A misdemeanor. They were arrested in March. Swink's son was referred to juvenile court on charges of drug distribution, evidence tampering, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

On March 26, Grand County sheriff's deputies were called to a local hospital on a report of two teen boys who'd overdosed on a mixture of drugs. One particular drug in the mixture, Clonazolam, was of high concern to investigators, who say that the drug had not been produced or manufactured since the 70's due to the side effects that came with it were described as "horrendous." Investigators believe the boys had mixed Clonazolam with Xanax. Both boys were flown to a hospital in need of immediate medical attention.

During the course of the investigation, investigators learned the 17-year-old knew a great deal about the drug, which was found to be odd given it's unavailability for much longer than he'd been alive. Upon further questioning it was learned that he had supplied his friends with the drugs they had overdosed on. Investigators believe he had been able to make the purchase on the "dark web." The darkweb is a part of the internet requiring specialized software to access that is often used to find things traditional search engines would flag as illegal, such as child pornography or drugs.

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