Fentanyl dealer in Carrollton arrested after pills found in microwave
A top supplier of fentanyl in a case in Carrollton that has resulted in four deaths has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton, Julio Gonzales, Jr., 18, was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and arrested at his residence on July 20. His roommate Adrian Martinez-Leon, 19, was also arrested, and charged with drug conspiracy.
During a search of their residence, DEA agents found:
- thousands of fentanyl-laced M-30 pills stuffed in the microwave
- a partial kilogram of cocaine tucked in a plastic food storage container
- bulk U.S. currency hidden in the closet
- numerous firearms, including a pistol equipped with an illegal Glock switch, littered throughout the home
Gonzales and Martinez-Leon are the 9th and 10th defendants charged in an ongoing juvenile fentanyl case in Carrollton which has resulted in at least 14 juvenile overdoses and claimed the lives of four middle and high school students.
According to the complaint, in February 2023, a 16-year-old dealer who delivered fentanyl pills that killed a 14-year-old girl in December 2022 allegedly identified Gonzales — whom he called "J-Money" — as his supplier. In text messages, the 16-year-old discussed J-Money with Eduardo Navarrete, one of the first dealers who has already been charged in this scheme.
At least four other cooperating defendants also allegedly identified J-Money as their source and tied him to an address in Oak Cliff. Three identified a photograph of Gonzales as J-Money, and one told agents that thousands of pills sold during a DEA-controlled operation were from Gonzales — deals that were corroborated via Instagram messages.
In June 2023, agents observed Gonzales allegedly conduct a drug transaction with a subject who ducked into a nearby alleyway, crushed the pills, and smoked them. They also observed Martinez-Leon allegedly conduct a transaction outside their front door.
If convicted, Gonzales and Martinez-Leon face up to 40 years in federal prison.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Office, the Dallas Police Department's SWAT team, and the Carrollton Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Calvert and Phelesa Guy are prosecuting the case.