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March 13, 2014

4 arrested in Mankato drug overdose cases

Caputo appears to be source; others sold to victims

MANKATO — A Mankato man and his girlfriend are charged with being the source of the drugs that led to two fatal overdoses last week. Two other suspects, including a teen, also were charged and accused of supplying the drugs directly to the deceased.

Tyler A. Caputo, 21, is accused of being the source of the drugs in both overdoses. He and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, are charged with selling narcotics to a juvenile.

The two other Mankato residents, 30-year-old James Inman and an unidentified 15-year-old boy, acquired the drugs from Caputo, according to the criminal complaint and prosecutors. Reichel-Schneider was present when Inman received the drugs, according to the complaint.

Inman received a slightly lesser charge because he’s not alleged to have sold drugs to juveniles, and the 15-year-old’s charges weren’t disclosed.

Chloe Leah Moses, 17, took the drugs, believed to be synthetic cocaine or LSD, on Saturday and was taken off life support Monday. Louis Nathan Folson, 22, died March 5, also after allegedly taking the synthetics. Both were from Mankato.

At first, there was nothing to link the two deaths except that both received the drugs in small blue packages with gold crowns on them. But after interviewing a person Moses knew, police were led first to the 15-year-old and then to Caputo.

Police allege it was the 15-year-old who sold to Moses’ acquaintance. Inman, police said, sold to Folson.

Inman told police he got the drugs from Caputo, who he met through Reichel-Schneider. He also said he worked with the 15-year-old's older brother, according to the complaint.

By Tuesday night, police were executing a search warrant at a Mankato apartment shared by Caputo and Reichel-Schneider. Their address is at Eastport Apartments, near the intersection of Balcerzak Drive and Pohl Road.

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