5 found dead in Colorado apartment with ‘illicit narcotics’

Feb 21, 2022, 2:45 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:39 pm
FILE PHOTO (Deseret News)...
FILE PHOTO (Deseret News)
(Deseret News)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities on Monday were investigating the deaths of five people found inside a Colorado apartment along with substances described as “illicit narcotics.” Another adult and an infant were alive inside the unit.

Police officers responded to a call of an unconscious person at an apartment in Commerce City, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) northeast of Denver, on Sunday afternoon, police Chief Clint Nichols said. Officers found six adults and an infant inside the apartment. Three women and two men were dead and another adult and the infant, who was about four months old, were taken to a hospital, he said.

Police did not find evidence of trauma or violence and firefighters did not detect any hazardous gases inside, Nichols said.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney, Brian Mason, said Monday that it is likely the five people unintentionally overdosed on fentanyl, dying almost instantly. Preliminary testing and other evidence suggests that they believed they were taking cocaine and did not realize the drug had been laced with fentanyl, Mason told The Denver Post.

“And that is the danger of all drugs right now,” he said. “No drug is safe. Because any drug could literally have fentanyl in it without the user knowing.”

Fentanyl is an unpredictable and powerful synthetic painkiller that is blamed for driving an increase in fatal drug overdoses.

A police spokesperson did not immediately answer a request to respond to Mason’s comments.

Nichols said that he did not know who the victims were but that some of them lived inside the unit.

The infant appeared to be doing fine, Nichols said. He said it was unclear if the baby’s parents were among the people found dead in the apartment.

“I hope the parents were not in there, but I’ve been doing this long enough … it would probably be safe to suggest the parents probably were inside and so for the infant, that’s going to be a long time without parents,” Nichols said.

He said the adult was “lucid” and talking to police.

The names and ages of those who died were not immediately available.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

KPTV Staff

Police: Man armed with pitchfork threatens people at Portland Water Bureau

A man broke into the Portland Water Bureau building and threatened people with a pitchfork on Friday.
22 hours ago
Houston assistant police chief Chandra Hatcher briefs the media on the double shooting. (Credit: 	H...
Michelle Watson and Holly Yan, CNN

A drive-by shooting leaves a 5-year-old dead and an 8-year-old injured in Houston

Houston police are asking for the public's help in finding whoever opened fire on a car overnight, killing a 5-year-old child and injuring an 8-year-old.
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Video shows Akron police kill Black man in hail of gunfire

Authorities say a Black man was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of gunfire, but officers believed he had shot at them earlier from a vehicle and feared he was preparing to fire again.
22 hours ago
Michelle Watson and Aya Elamroussi, CNN

2 dead and 4 injured, including 3 officers, in Texas shooting, police say

A gunman in Texas killed two people and three police officers person Saturday before fatally shooting himself.
22 hours ago
Associated Press

31 bodies, some decomposing, found at Indiana funeral home

Police are investigating after more than 30 bodies, some decomposing, were found inside a southern Indiana funeral home.
22 hours ago
Representative Tricia Derges (Credit: Missouri House of Representatives)...
Associated Press

Missouri lawmaker resigns from House after fraud conviction for selling Covid treatments

A Missouri GOP legislator has resigned after being convicted of falsely claiming she was giving patients stem cell treatments for COVID-19.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
5 found dead in Colorado apartment with ‘illicit narcotics’