Platte County teens charged for distribution of substance that led to Park Hill student's death

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. - On Friday, Platte County 15-year-old Ethan Rickman died after taking an imitation controlled acid-like substance.

The Platte County Sheriff's Department said a Park Hill South High School student connected Rickman with a 17-year-old who sold him the drug that ultimately killed him.

Rickman and a friend took the drug at a home Friday night. Rickman suffered a seizure and was rushed to Children's Mercy but did not recover.

According to a news release, two teens, 17-year-old Krista Meeks and 18-year-old Jamell Montgomery, were arrested and charged by Platte County prosecutors with the distribution of the substance.

Meeks told police the "acid" was not the LSD form, but a "research chemical" drug that mimics the effects of LSD. In the probable cause statement, she told police the drug was so extreme that she, a self admitted heavy drug user, read articles about other dying from the drug after taking it.

Law enforcement sources said they are seeing more and more of these synthetic drugs on the market and in schools, in part because they are cheap. However, they're known to have far more violent and dangerous side effects.

Students at Park Hill told 41 Action News said Rickman was a talented musician and popular with classmates.

The Park Hill School District said they have counselors available for students who would like to talk.

A spokesperson for the district confirmed Meeks is a former Park Hill South High School student.  Montgomery is currently a Park Hill South student.

Both are in Platte County Detention Center on $25,000 bond each.

Garrett Haake has updates on 41 Action News @ 10.

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