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No leads, suspects in young boy's opioid death, Miami's police chief says

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Posted at 11:37 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 11:37:32-04

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami's police chief says investigators have no leads or suspects in the death of a 10-year-old boy from an apparent fentanyl overdose, the youngest known victim of the opioid crisis in the city.

Chief Rodolfo Llanes told reporters Thursday that Alton Banks apparently encountered the drug during a one-hour period after he left a pool in the Overtown neighborhood and got home on June 23. Banks began vomiting at home, lost consciousness and later died at a hospital.

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Llanes is asking anyone who saw the boy or encountered him during that time frame to come forward.

Fire rescue officials say it's unlikely Alton would have overdosed simply by touching fentanyl. They say the drug must be injected, inhaled or ingested to have that kind of impact in small amounts.