Tragic Fentanyl Overdose Claims Life of 17-Year-Old Teenager, Two Suspects Apprehended
Photo: Victim Monica Flores | Napa PD
Napa, CA – In a devastating incident, a 17-year-old student from Vintage High School, identified as Monica Flores, was found deceased on May 25, 2022. Following an extensive investigation, authorities have confirmed that her death was a result of a fatal overdose caused by the ingestion of Fentanyl.
The Napa Police Department’s dedicated team of detectives tirelessly worked on the case for a period of 11 months, diligently gathering evidence and piecing together the events leading to Monica’s untimely demise. Substantial findings indicated the involvement of two suspects, Alan Martinez and Luis Melgoza, who allegedly sold illegal narcotics, containing Fentanyl, to the victim.
On June 5, 2023, collaborative efforts between the Napa Police Department, Napa Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and Sonoma County Probation Department culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a residence on the 2000 Block of Pioneer Way in Santa Rosa. Prior to the investigators’ arrival, the Napa Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team successfully secured the premises.
Simultaneously, as part of the operation, Alan Martinez and Luis Melgoza were located and subsequently interviewed, leading to their arrest. Martinez was taken into custody pursuant to a Napa County Arrest Warrant, while Melgoza was already in the custody of the Sonoma County Detention Facility for an unrelated charge.
Upon their apprehension, both suspects were booked into the Napa County Detention Facility, facing a total of 11 felony charges related to the tragic incident. These charges include murder, child abuse likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death, conspiracy, adult selling or furnishing a controlled substance (Fentanyl) to a minor, transportation of narcotics for sale, and possession of narcotics for sale.
During this difficult time, the Flores family and the Napa Police Department respectfully request that the privacy of the family be honored. In the event that anyone possesses information relevant to this ongoing investigation, they are urged to contact Napa Police Detective Darlene Elia at 707-258-7880, extension 5211.