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Warrants: Cary teen involved in LSD sale that killed Apex teen

Posted October 24, 2012
Updated October 25, 2012

— An Apex High School student accused of selling a fatal dose of an hallucinogenic drug to his classmate was working with another teen to sell drugs to teens across Wake County, according to a new search warrant in the case.

Ryan John Laches, 17, faces two counts of selling a controlled substance after his 17-year-old classmate, Timothy Castaneda, died from a drug overdose earlier this month. 

In the search warrant, investigators allege that Laches and an 18-year-old junior at Panther Creek High School in Cary were selling large quantities of LSD, or acid, to teenagers in Apex, Cary and Raleigh.

Laches told investigators that he and the Panther Creek student "were the ones to come to if you wanted LSD," selling it for $5 to $10 per "hit." 

Laches told investigators that the second teen ordered the drug online, buying anywhere from several hundred to 2,000 doses at a time. Apex police discovered that the second teen – who has not been charged –has an active post office box.

According to the warrant, an anonymous caller told investigators on Oct. 13 that the teen has a chemistry lab at his home or nearby where he manufactures the LSD himself. A woman also called police to report that the teen was involved in a relationship with her 14-year-old daughter and that he was giving her LSD.

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Police searched the Cary teen's home and car on Oct. 19, seizing a breathing apparatus, two cellphones, three P.O. box keys, several flash drives, two computers, miscellaneous documents and writings, among other items.  

The same teen was involved in a March possession of marijuana charge against Laches, according to the warrant. Laches told police he brought the marijuana to Apex High School to sell to the other teen, who was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in that case.

On Oct. 6, Castaneda was partying with as many as a dozen teens in a wooded area behind Beaver Creek Cinemas when, according to a 911 caller, he took two hits of LSD.

Within a few hours, Castaneda began "freaking out" and eventually collapsed. The 911 caller said he was foaming and bleeding from the mouth.

He died a week later.

Police interviewed three of Castaneda's friends, who were with him when authorities arrived at the scene, who said he bought the drug from Laches. The friends also said Laches went to the party to sell LSD to other teens, and even gave away a few hits to "drum up business."

Laches later admitted to investigators that he sold two acid hits to Castaneda at school on Oct. 3 and that he sold the drug to four other people the night of the party or in the week prior. He also said he gave away another seven hits at the party, according to the warrant.

Laches was in court for a hearing Wednesday but his case was continued until Nov. 28. Prosecutors said they are waiting on reports from Apex police as well as the state medical examiner related to Casteneda's death.


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  • whateveryousay Oct 26, 2012

    NotFromHere> are you suggesting that were he Black or Hispanic from a family WITH the means to post bail, he would have been given no bail?

    What a short sided thing to say. This is not a race issue. It's a parental, child, accountability issue. Which is colorless.

  • klink Oct 26, 2012

    Thats the point - "it wasn't the LSD that killed him." What happened to your friend was tragic but it was not an "overdose"

  • NotFromHere Oct 26, 2012

    "Parents can't change chemical imbalances in the brain no matter how much "God" they bring in to their kid's lives." =

    Who said anything about chemical imbalance. Most of the kids who are out getting in trouble and vandalizing our neighborhoods do so because they aren't being supervised. Parents are not making the effort to supervise their children. Who cares if your kid likes you or not. It is not your job as a parent to be liked or to be popular with your kid's friends.

  • NotFromHere Oct 26, 2012

    "Millions of people have taken LSD and not one of them has died from it." - goodnessgracious2

    How ignorant you are. When I was at NYU in the early 80's one of my class mates took LSD and then ran through a sixth floor window becaus he thought somebody was after him. I'm sure his soul will rest much easier knowing it wasn't the LSD that killed him.

  • NotFromHere Oct 26, 2012

    "This poor kid. No way should his picture be posted here. He needs help, not incarceration." - joemccutcheon2

    It is your lax attitude that perpetuates this problem. This kid has, by his own word, sold LSD to hundreds of kids in Wake County. He and his "friend" should be thrown in jail for a long long time. The only reason he's out now is because his family has the means. If he were poor, black and/or hispanic he'd still be sitting in jail and you all know that's true.

  • must b crazy Oct 26, 2012

    Both young men who were dealing should be charged as accessories to murder, if we were concerned with accuracy of what they were doing. Tim and his family have suffered enough, so leave them alone. However, there can be no consequence too harsh for the dealers.

  • GALNC Oct 26, 2012

    VariousGood..did you even read the story..also sorry for the "dealer" who is nothing more than another harmless high school kid that liked to party and knew where to get it for him and his friends.

    The dealer who was "just a kid"...not many kids have several post office boxes and a lab in his house. Here is what is in the story... Police searched the Cary teen's home and car on Oct. 19, seizing a breathing apparatus, two cellphones, three P.O. box keys, several flash drives, two computers, miscellaneous documents and writings, among other items.

    This is a tragedy where a kid experimented not knowing the risks he was taking. Quit judging the boy and his family and learn from what happened.

    Tim's family is mourning his death and he has siblings that are reading these nasty comments. Show some compassion and pray for the family has they cope with their loss instead of making snap judgements.

  • bacastaneda8390 Oct 25, 2012

    How can you guys say bad stuff about someone you don't know. You guys take what the news says and not what all of the friends and families say. You people are so ignorant. I am Brian, Tim's older brother. Let me start by telling you guys a little about Tim. He was a good kid and he was a good brother to me and Steven. He was not disrespectful to any of us or my parents at all. He had a lot of friends that he cared about and who cared so much about him. He did good in school and didn't ever get into trouble, and most importantly he was NOT a drug addict, he was just a normal teenager who wanted to have fun with his friends and it went the wrong way. He didn't know this would happen, if he knew that it would, i know he wouldn't have done it. Don't tell me that any of you people don't make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, sometimes the cost is more than others. In this case its the worst.

  • autismawareness Oct 25, 2012

    something must've been wrong with the kid. 2 hits of acid isnt killing anyone. propaganda falsehoods. where is the autopsy report?

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Oct 25, 2012

    "A woman also called police to report that the teen was involved in a relationship with her 14-year-old daughter and that he was giving her LSD."

    Whoa! Whoa! I take issue with the above statement. He did not GIVE the 14 year old girl LSD. She took it. In other words, he may have handed it to her, but it was SHE who chose to take it! 14 or 80. Age does not matter.