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Former Los Angeles Angels official indicted in overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A former official with the Los Angeles Angels baseball team has been indicted on drug distribution charges in the 2019 fentanyl overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, federal prosecutors said.

(CNN)A former official with the Los Angeles Angels baseball team has been indicted on drug distribution charges in the 2019 fentanyl overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, federal prosecutors said.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Eric Prescott Kay on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and serious bodily injury, according to documents filed with the US District Court in Fort Worth.

The indictment said Kay, in June 2019, "did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and the use of said substance resulted in the death and serious bodily injury" of Skaggs.

Kay and others also conspired to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl from about 2017 to July 2019, according to the indictment.

"Tyler Skaggs's death, coming as it did in the midst of an ascendant baseball career, should be a wake-up call," US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said when Kay was charged in August with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

After his death, a search of Skaggs's phone revealed text messages from the day before his death suggesting that he had asked Kay to stop by his room with pills late that evening, according to court records.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's investigation also found that Kay regularly dealt pills of fentanyl -- dubbed "blue boys" for their blue coloring -- to Skaggs and others in the Angels organization at the stadium where they worked, according to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint.

Kay's attorney, Michael Molfetta, confirmed to CNN last year that the former team spokesman was cooperating with the DEA.

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