San Jose alleged “Mandman” fentanyl dealer arrested after teen overdoses

A 23 year-old alleged fentanyl peddler was arrested on Thursday and charged with selling fentanyl-laced pills to teenagers in downtown Los Gatos, including at a parking lot and church near Los Gatos High.

“This is not a war on drugs, this is a struggle to save lives,” Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement.

Deputy District Attorney Eunice Lee said that the Santa Clara Police Department launched an investigation into Simon Armendariz of San Jose after a 15-year-old girl overdosed on a Percocet pill laced with fentanyl while using the restroom during an evening Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

Though the girl survived, she became unconscious, pale, and cold to the touch by the time paramedics arrived and administered the opioid-blocking drug Narcan, Lee said.

The girl was among one of four teens who bought fentanyl from Armendariz, Lee said.

“He urged his teenaged buyers to share his contact information to build up his customer list,” prosecutors said in a news release.

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