Former Angels employee Eric Kay has been indicted on two counts of federal drug crimes in connection to the death of Tyler Skaggs last year.

The indictment charges Kay with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled a substance, and also with distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death or serious bodily injury.

The indictment was filed on Friday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Skaggs was found dead in his Texas hotel room on July 1, 2019, and an autopsy later revealed fentanyl and oxycodone in his system. Fentanyl is a dangerous 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Kay, who had worked for more than 20 years in the team’s public relations department, is charged with supplying the dangerous opioids to Skaggs. According to the indictment, Kay “and others” had been supplying the drugs “beginning in or before 2017.”

There was no immediate comment from Kay’s Orange County attorney, Michael Molfetta.

Kay has not worked for the Angels since last year.

In August, Kay was charged in connection to the death, and he surrendered to authorities in Texas. Since then, Kay and federal authorities had delayed the proceedings twice to pursue plea agreements, according to court documents.

At the time of the charge in August, U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox said in a statement that the charges against Kay should serve as a warning to the dangers of fentanyl.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wakeup call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Cox said.  “Suppressing the spread of fentanyl is a priority for the Department of Justice.”

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The complaint accompanies the charged detailed phone records of apparent drug transactions between Kay and Skaggs. There was also evidence of Kay meeting Skaggs in his hotel room the night before he was found dead.

The Angels were staying in Southlake, Texas, a Dallas suburb, on the eve of a series against the Texas Rangers.

The Angels have denied that anyone in management with the organization was aware of Kay’s alleged drug distribution or Skaggs’ use.

Skaggs’ family has retained Texas lawyer Rusty Hardin. They could sue the Angels for wrongful death, but they have been waiting for the criminal process to unfold before beginning a civil action.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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