ABC Houston is reporting that authorities arrested former Rice Owl defensive lineman Stuart Mouchantaf for his involvement in the death of former Owl Blain Padgett. Authorities allege Mouchantaf gave Padgett a pill that Padgett thought was hydrocodone but was laced with carfentanil, a synthetic opioid. Padgett died in his sleep March 2nd of this year.
Mouchantaf is charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substanceThe charge carries with it a minimum two year sentence with a maximum of 20 years.
Carfentanil is a derivative to the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. The DEA issued a statement on carfentanil in 2016 warning the drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.
“Carfentanil is surfacing in more and more communities.” said then DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin. It is crazy dangerous. Synthetics such as fentanyl and carfentanil can kill you.”
A lethal amount of carfentanil is so small; it's invisible to the human eye. It was initially made as an elephant tranquilizer.
Mouchantaf came to Rice from Cinco Ranch by way of Blinn Junior College in 2012. He played for the Owls in 2012 and 2013 but redshirted in 2014 due to injury.