West Point cadets on ventilators after buying fentanyl-laced cocaine in Broward

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Prosecutors accused a 21-year-old man of selling the fentanyl-laced cocaine that had spring breakers from New York dependent on intensive care ventilators at a Broward County hospital.

The tragedy on Thursday at a rental home in Wilton Manors included four cadets from the US Military Academy at West Point. Four of the seven hospitalized voluntarily ingested the cocaine; the other three came into contact with it when they performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to Fire Rescue. Six were hospitalized first, and the seventh felt ill later.

Detectives arrested Axel Giovany Casseus, of Lauderhill, on Friday and he appeared in Broward County court on Saturday. Mobile phone data helped investigators to track Casseus, according to deputies.

Detectives corroborated their suspicions during an undercover operation that involved a $ 1,000 deal with Casseus at a hotel parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.


Deputies arrested Casseus in Hollywood and he is facing a cocaine trafficking charge. A judge set his bond at $ 50,000. He remained at the Broward Main Jail on Sunday on a pending 2020 case on a charge of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, updates on the spring breakers’ health conditions were not available on Sunday after their families requested privacy.

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Aura Martinez contributed to this report.

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