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Apex teen appears in court on drug charges

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By Raleigh, N.C.

An Apex teen who faces two counts of selling a controlled substance appeared in a Wake County courthouse Wednesday.

Ryan Laches, 17, faces charges related to the death of Timothy Castaneda. On Oct. 6, Apex Police found Castaneda unresponsive in a wooded area at the Beaver Creek Shopping Center. Castaneda, 17, died a few days later.

Police say Laches gave Castaneda a drug at a party that day. A search warrant says Laches was trying to “drum up business” by handing out free hits of a drug.

On Wednesday, prosecutors asked for medical records for Castaneda, and there was no objection from Laches' defense. The judge granted the motion.

Laches' next court date is Nov. 28.

Later in Apex, Apex Police Chief Jack Lewis would not give specifics on the case in a news conference at police headquarters, saying police are waiting for a toxicology report and an autopsy. He would not say exactly what substance was suspected of being in Castaneda's body.

“I will tell you that we know they weren’t local, that they arrived here somewhere else," Lewis said. "I don’t want to get into the specifics on what we’re looking at now.”

But he spoke forcefully about the dangers of buying substances from an unknown source.

“People represent a substance to be a certain thing. You buy it from an unknown person. You have it shipped to your home or in some cases to a post office box,” he said.

“It’s sent somewhere from someone that you only know online and you have no idea what it’s going to be. You think it’s going to be a certain thing. There’s no quality control.”

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