Ex-footballer convicted of carfentanil overdose death of star athlete

HOUSTON, TX – A 27-year-old Katy resident and former football star at both Cinco Ranch High School and Rice University has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing a deadly synthetic opioid, the state reported. American lawyer Jennifer B. Lowery.

Stuart Mouchantaf pleaded guilty on February 20, 2020. At that time, he admitted to distributing carfentanil to a former Rice University football star with NFL aspirations which led to his death.

Today, US District Judge Sim Lake ordered Mouchantaf to serve a total of 144 months in federal prison, followed immediately by three years of probation. During the hearing, the court heard statements from the mother, sister and father of the victim. In passing sentence, the court noted that the case was one of the most difficult cases it had heard. He added that the sentence was necessary to promote general deterrence of crime and respect for the law as well as just punishment for the offence.

In March 2018, a Rice University student failed to show up for football practice. Authorities responded to the 1900 block of Norfolk where they found the body. They pronounced him dead at the scene. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences performed an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be the toxic effects of carfentanil.

The investigation revealed that Mouchantaf had provided the victim with pills containing carfentanil, which ultimately led to his death.

Mouchantaf was a former soccer player and captain of Rice’s soccer team. A native of the Houston area, Mouchantaf had played football at Cinco Ranch High School before dating Rice.

Mouchantaf has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a US Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Houston Police Department led this portion of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF) investigation as part of Operation Be That Guy with the assistance of the Department of United States Postal Inspection, Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Corley and Robert Stabe prosecuted the case.

The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach focused on intelligence, which leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks. Additional information about the OECDTF program is available on the Department of Justice’s OECDTF webpage.

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