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Florida Man Recently Arrested in Connection to Overdoses of Six West Point Cadets

Florida Man Recently Arrested in Connection to Overdoses of Six West Point Cadets

Wilton Manors police have named a suspect arrested as 21-year-old Axel Giovany Casseus.

Late last week, I reported that six West Point cadets on spring break in Florida overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine.

There has been an arrest made in connection to this horrific incident.

Florida cops have arrested an alleged drug dealer they say sold the fentanyl-laced cocaine to several West Point cadets who overdosed during a spring break trip this week.

Axel Giovany Casseus, 21, was jailed Saturday in lieu of $50,000 bail, Local10 News reported.

After identifying Casseus, an undercover police officer was successfully able to purchase 43 grams of cocaine from him for $1,000, according to an arrest report, the network reported.

While in custody, Casseus admitted to selling drugs to the West Point cadets and his phone contained correspondence with them, authorities said.

Casseus faces felony charges as two of the six cadets remain in critical condition.

He was charged with one felony count of trafficking cocaine of less than 200 grams and is being held at the Broward Main Jail, with bail set at $50,000, according to The Sun-Sentinel.

Police believe he is connected to six West Point cadets who were hospitalized Thursday after overdosing on the drug, which was laced with the powerful synthetic painkiller. At least two of the students were football players at the military academy, located in New York. A seventh individual was later taken to the hospital and treated, but it was unclear if she also overdosed.

As of early Saturday morning, three remained in the hospital. Two were in critical condition and on ventilators. The other patient was said to be in stable condition. The victims have yet to be identified.

A break came in the case when the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was able to get a phone number for the dealer who allegedly sold drugs to the college kids at the Wilton Manors home.

The undercover detectives were able to then buy drugs from Casseus.

“Yesterday, Casseus delivered us 43 grams of what we believe is cocaine in exchange for $1,000,” said Sgt. Ryan Hyatt with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly afterwards, the detectives followed him back to a hotel in Hollywood where he was taken into custody.

The cocaine that was sold to the undercover detectives did not test for fentanyl in their preliminary tests.

“If what was tested that you got from him showed fentanyl, then you’ve got connection. Without this, the connection is very tentative,” said the Judge Murphy.

Hopefully, this magnitude of the incident serves as a reminder that fentanyl has a very low lethal dose and that every single drug illegally obtained must be assumed to contain it.

There is significant risk that illegal drugs have been intentionally contaminated with fentanyl. Because of its potency and low cost, drug dealers have been mixing fentanyl with other drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, increasing the likelihood of a fatal interaction.

Producing illicit fentanyl is not an exact science. Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage. DEA analysis has found counterfeit pills ranging from .02 to 5.1 milligrams (more than twice the lethal dose) of fentanyl per tablet.

  • 42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg of fentanyl, considered a potentially lethal dose.
  • Drug trafficking organizations typically distribute fentanyl by the kilogram.  One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

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It’s a shame he ruined his life be becoming a drug dealer. He could’ve applied to West Point and become a drug user instead.

    Even West Point has been corrupted.

    Temujin in reply to Peabody. | March 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    It is shocking, how depraved and substandard the political leadership and their upper echelon of officers have become, to have cadets that seek and use heroin and other illegal drugs. And … we mustn’t shrug off the FACT that marijuana IS the gateway drug to these stronger, lethal substances !!!

      Tionico in reply to Temujin. | March 15, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      No marijuana is NOT a gateway drug in its own nature. The connextin in most places comes from it being a federally listed controlled substance, thus illegal. It is the connextion with the illegal market that puts it on a level playing field with the hard stuff. And no I do not and will not use the stuff myself, but I know it is not addictive, and thus not even in the same category as things like meth, fent, cocaine, lsd, etc.

        DaveGinOly in reply to Tionico. | March 15, 2022 at 7:36 pm

        Agreed. Most casual drinkers don’t move on to hard drugs because they’re alcohol supplier doesn’t sell horse or blow. It’s the “illegal” part that has created a connection between MJ and harder drugs because the supplier of the former is often also a supplier of the latter..

    Temujin in reply to Peabody. | March 15, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Or … he could have landed a high paying position with the CDC.

Since the six (former?) cadets are football players, there’s a good possibility they aren’t “saltines.” If they are reinstated, they aren’t. If they are expelled, they are.

Morning Sunshine | March 14, 2022 at 1:23 pm

Why do we care about this one drug dealer? Because he damaged 6 of the best and brightest future leaders of our august military? Sorry – I am not sure why this ONE drug dealer was so sought after when there are thousands more on the street killing thousands of other Americans every day.
Expel the cadets – they are no more special than the rest of the young people in America, less so if they BOUGHT and CHOSE to USE the drugs. Choices have consequences. Make sure the dealer and his “victims” get the same sentence might be a good start.

    Why are the drug dealers ‘killing’? The users are the ones choosing this poison; it’s not being forced on them. Your last sentence makes the most sense, but in today’s world…….

    henrybowman in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 14, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    One reason to care about this dealer is because he killed “six in one blow” to use the fairytale meme (I realize they’re not all dead, but it’s what the belt said). He and others have probably done the like before, but this one had the bad luck to have all his victims in one place at one time.

      henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | March 14, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      OK, I have no idea why that post got such bad reviews. It seemed totally obvious (and non controversial) to me that if you kill/injure six people in one incident, especially high visibility people, you might as well just jump on top of a cop car, wave your arms, and scream, “Here I am!”

    You know it’s funny. No one ever blamed George Floyd’s drug dealer.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    “Best and brightest”? If so, God help us. Let’s hope these turds are just recipients of special treatment because of the need to beat Navy in football. If not, then The Point is admitting people who do not realize the hazards of drug use and who don’t have the moral fiber to follow the rules.

    The people in West Point are slated to be the commanders of my grandchildren; who is this nation picking as potential leaders?, It puts a whole new layer of of how I would handle their questions as to whether to volunteer to serve when the call comes.

    This former Staff Sergeant/Drill Sergeant is highly upset,

      “who is this nation picking as potential leaders?”….

      Hate to say it, but after the likes of Obama, Biden and Harris: it’s George Soros.

      Sadly, the quality of cadets at the service academies has been declining for quite some time. As each generation moves through, it tolerates more bad behavior from the one that follows. “Honor” isn’t what it used to be.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to amatuerwrangler. | March 16, 2022 at 5:04 am

      They weren’t best Or brightest. They could throw and kick a ball.

      We’re not for the athlete as royalty mentality of this country, they never would’ve been in college in the first place. And that does it just go for the military colleges.

    Better yet: don’t expel them, but put them in charge of a special brigade that deals drugs, and send them to enemy territory to deal.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 15, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Because he may be known to sell fentanyl laced drugs…that is def. worth stopping.

    He just happened to get caught because his customers caught a high profile in the news cycle.

    of the best and brightest future leaders of our august military?

    if these six are “the best and brightest futre leaders” we are flailing in VERY deep doodoo.
    Axe the cadets with prejudice. No refunds no come back later. Take the tox panels from the hosital admissions recireds and use those data to charge them with use of the controled substance. Let them serve as a warning to any of their former fellows who might be considering similar behaviour.

    There is nothing special about this dealer, just that he came to light in the investigation of the hospitalised cadets and how they bought their tickets on the meat-hack. I hope they raided hisplace and found the rest of his “stock in trade”, and bust him for heavy trafficking and possession to sell.
    The former cadets? IF they make it out of hospital alive, they should count that as a great blessing and move on with the rest of their lives. Military is NOT in their future. Or if it is, we are indeed in deep trpouble.

    As to the dealer, charge him and try him but he isn’t the real problem in this case. He didn’t force those Cadets to buy and use the drugs.

    The difference between the Cadets and other people their age is that they swore an oath, and then willfully violated it. So no, don’t just expel them. That’s quietly brushing it under the rug instead of admitting there is an institutional problem here. Charge them and take them to Court Martial.

    Force the Academy to address their leadership failure and reinforce the seriousness of that oath to their Corps of Cadets.

Earlier, someone posted a comment about the cadets going to Wilton Manors “because it was Wilton Manors.” I asked if it had some particular rep, but never got answered. The link to Wilton Manors in this article is broken. Are we supposed to know something special about Wilton Manors?

Would it be paranoid to wonder if the fentanyl was added because the victims were cadets?

Well they don’t realize you shouldn’t take Fentanyl but they realize men give birth and race uber alles I see 6 generals! A trillion might not be enough how about 3 trillion we need to also bring Democracy to the Congo.

Sorry if I seem callous but any military academy that is losing cadets to a desire to take Fentanyl is doing something seriously wrong even without going into the horrible new curriculum at West Point,

    Dathurtz in reply to Danny. | March 14, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Yep. It seems catastrophic to me that officers would even have the inclination.

      Danny in reply to Dathurtz. | March 15, 2022 at 10:44 am

      My theory is the military is supremely arrogant and doesn’t care because it is under the assumption our future wars will feature such a tech gap you could staff the military with 6th graders and win.

    henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Are we all missing the story here? They had no desire to take fentanyl. They had a desire to take cocaine, and the fentanyl was just a surprise premium that came inside the cereal box.

We have to stop calling these “overdoses.” Call them what they are–poisonings.

    henrybowman in reply to Obie1. | March 14, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Agreed. From JoAnne’s article link:

    “Again, it’s an accident. When someone takes a lethal [sic] supplement and it’s laced with fentanyl, it’s an accident.”

    I’m old enough to remember when people took Tylenol that was laced with strychnine, and I don’t believe I ever heard anyone use the term “accident” even once. “Poisoning” and “attempted murder” were the terms of choice, I seem to remember. People need to get their head on straight about this stuff.

I still don’t know why we care so much about drug deaths. It’s not like someone snuck up behind them and stabbed them with a hypodermic full of the crap! IT IS THEIR OWN CHOICE!!!!!! It’s not like these people are going to contribute a lot to society, although their parent might be President or a member of Congress.

We need to pass more regulations that make it even harder for legitimate pain patients to get relief.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Anchovy. | March 16, 2022 at 5:14 am

    That, and, add more over the counter meds to the law that requires a state issued ID and a signature in the mommy-may-I book at the drug store.

2smartforlibs | March 14, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Since we know that’s coming from China via Mexico with open borders the US government should be a co-conspirator

E Howard Hunt | March 14, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Oh, my! Was this another attempted insurrection? Selling adulterated nose candy to the cadets was an attack on our republic, an assault on our democratic values. It is not who we are. Is this somehow related to 9,000 unused oil leases? There is only one answer- Impeach Tump Again. Let us now pray for the heavenly intercession of Saint George Floyd.

I have noticed that the quality and character of military academy students have eroded over the years, likely due to the political nature of the nomination process. Academy graduates were not very good when I was in about a dozen years ago, and quality has only decreased since then. Between the cheating scandal at the Air Force Academy, the alleged sexual assaults, the self professed communist West Point graduate, and now this, the screening process for military academies is suspect. The general lack of character and overgrown sense of entitlement among students and graduates should be concerning to everyone and should be a national security concern.

    gospace in reply to Guardian79. | March 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    The big problem is- trying to maintain NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision status with a student body of about 4000, Corners are cut in the selection process for football players and minority candidates. And- there’s a lot of overlap. I didn’t count, but one minority seems way overrepresented in comparison to their proportion in the US population:

    https://goarmywestpoint.com/sports/football/roster

    And you’ll notice the identity of the cadets involved has so far been carefully protected.

    The political process in the selection process for cadets isn’t a real problem- the selection process for varsity athletes in all sports is.

    Just look who has held the highest offices in our land for the past 25 years? – Clinton, Bush, Obama, Biden.

    Sh-t flows downhill.

    No, the “political” nature of the nominations isn’t the problem. That has been the case for a lot longer than the problems I saw 35 years ago. The real problem is the degradation of morals in our society generally. Relativism (“tolerance”), post-modern morals, and Progressive indoctrination are the primary problems with appointees to the service academies.

West Point has just become What’s The Point?

These cadets have to be thrown out of West Point very pointedly and explicitly. Name names.

He isn’t the problem, the problem is that several Cadets at West Point bought and used drugs from him.

barbiegirl ny | March 15, 2022 at 10:10 am

OK, this is bad, but what does this say about the six West Point Cadets who willfully took this drug?

The Gentle Grizzly | March 16, 2022 at 5:19 am

A basic question: suppose they’d snorted stuff that did not put them in the hospital. They had gone on and been graduated. What would be their class ranking? McCain level?

The cadets are not “victims” of anything but their own stupidity and dishonor. Frankly, any of their deaths would be a good thing. Better now than if they graduated and led troops into battle.