Colin Andrew Shapard has been accused of sending dozens of opioid pills to the Park City area in recent months, some of which were used in a non-fatal overdose in February.
Court documents also allege Shapard distributed the drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two 13-year-old Park City boys in 2016.
These deaths shocked the Park City community and sparked conversations about addiction and mental health that continue to this day.
Federal documents claim Shapard, 21, has been a sophisticated opioid salesman for 8 years. His operation allegedly involved the creation of front companies, escrow accounts, currency transfers and other machinations designed to conceal his activities.
This investigation into Shapard began in November when Park City and Summit County detectives learned that he was supplying drugs to a middleman in the Park City area. According to the file, this person distributed drugs to local high school students.
An undercover agent allegedly purchased pills from Shapard multiple times online, using a specific cryptocurrency and messaging platform. The filing includes photos allegedly showing the pills and a person they believe is Shapard sending the packages.
According to the court filing, US postal inspectors intercepted several packages that Shapard sent to Utah. Shipments to the Park City area totaled dozens of pills, many of which bore specific brands and were priced between $30 and $45 each.
The filing claims that Shapard told his clients he was sending them oxycodone pills, but the pills instead tested positive for fentanyl. On February 18, the Park City Police Department issued a warning that fentanyl was circulating in the area.
The filing claims that on February 10, an 18-year-old man took several pills bearing the same brands as those distributed by Shapard. The person overdosed and was resuscitated by medical personnel using Narcan.
Federal prosecutors argue that Shapard is a flight risk and should be held pending trial.
According to the filing, Shapard faces a minimum sentence of 20 years and the possibility of a life sentence.