Tragedy in Napa: 17-Year-Old Student’s Fatal Fentanyl Overdose

Napa, CA – Tragedy struck when Monica Flores, a 17-year-old student at Vintage High School, was discovered deceased on May 25, 2022. Following an extensive investigation, authorities have confirmed that her untimely death was caused by a fatal overdose of Fentanyl.

Over the course of 11 months, the diligent detectives of the Napa Police Department worked tirelessly, collecting evidence and reconstructing the events that led to Monica’s demise.

Substantial findings pointed to two individuals, Alan Martinez and Luis Melgoza, who allegedly sold illegal narcotics containing Fentanyl to the victim.

On June 5, 2023, a joint effort involving the Napa Police Department, Napa Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and Sonoma County Probation Department resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence on Pioneer Way in Santa Rosa.

Prior to the investigators’ arrival, the Napa Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team securely locked down the premises.

Meanwhile, as part of the operation, Alan Martinez and Luis Melgoza were located and subsequently interrogated, leading to their arrest.

Martinez was taken into custody based on a Napa County Arrest Warrant, while Melgoza was already in the custody of the Sonoma County Detention Facility for an unrelated charge.

Following their apprehension, both suspects were booked into the Napa County Detention Facility, where they face a total of 11 felony charges related to this tragic incident.

These charges include murder, child abuse likely to cause serious bodily harm or death, conspiracy, selling or furnishing a controlled substance (Fentanyl) to a minor, transportation of narcotics for sale, and possession of narcotics for sale.

During this challenging period, the Flores family and the Napa Police Department kindly request that the family’s privacy be respected. If anyone possesses information relevant to this ongoing investigation, they are urged to contact Napa Police Detective Darlene Elia at 707-258-7880, extension 5211.


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