UPDATE: Tonkawa couple convicted of dispensing Fentanyl

July 5, 2024 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — On July 1, both Rush Sr. and Deleon entered no contest pleas to the charges filed on Feb. 23, 2023. Sentencing is deferred for five years and both must do 80 hours of community service.

Tonkawa couple facing charges of dispensing Fentanyl

NEWKIRK — Court dates are set for Charles Anthony Rush, Sr., 43, and Carmeleta Nicole Deleon, 37, both of Tonkawa in Kay County District Court.

Both are facing felony charges of dispensing Fentanyl and conspiracy to dispense Fentanyl and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tonkawa police report that on Feb. 7 officers and an ambulance responded to a residence for a report of a male, identified as Charles, who was not breathing. Officers report that they made contact with Deleon and asked what happened. She reportedly stated that she gave him Fentanyl and that he overdosed.

Officers report that first responders administered Narcan to Rush and that he became responsive but was confused.

He was transported to Stillwater Medical Blackwell, treated, and later questioned by officers.

He reportedly told officers that he didn’t remember much after waking up and being told by paramedics that he died.

Rush reportedly told police that he was gifted a syringe of Fentanyl two weeks earlier for pain and that he was supposed to use one or two drops but instead he used the entire syringe. He reportedly refused to give the name of the person who gave him the syringe.

Deleon was questioned and reportedly admitted to administering what she believed to be Fentanyl to Rush. 

Police learned that a 15-year-old lives at the home and police made contact with a two-year-old during the incident. The Department of Human Services was notified.

Both Rush and Deleon are free on $10,000 bond.