Family Files Lawsuit After Son's Synthetic Marijuana Overdose Death

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 11:01 pm
By: Karl Torp

An El Reno family is looking for justice after their son died from a synthetic marijuana overdose.

His death has been linked to the raid of a smoke shop and home in the metro.

Tricia Ordaz said her son Dylan started taking synthetic marijuana after a driver accidentally hit and dragged him behind a car.

“He said ‘it’s the only thing I can do that helps, Mom,’” Ordaz said.

Ordaz said her son smoked one small bag full of the green leafy material that sprayed with a chemical each week.

“I had told him I didn't think it was that safe but he said ‘oh no, I just do a little tiny bit,’” she said.

But after not hearing from the 23-year-old for days, Ordaz learned what a just a little bit can do.

She found her son lifeless at his home. He'd been dead for three days.

“There’s no pain greater in the entire world than finding my son like that,” she said.

Attorney Mark Cox has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of Ziggy's the store when he says Dylan purchased this bag that took his life.

Authorities raided Ziggy stores and the Gaillardia home of its owner in 2015, months after Dylan died.

“This is not safe. It will never be safe. It’s Russian Roulette, every time you smoke it,” Cox said.

Cox told News 9 he expects authorities to soon file criminal charges against Ziggy's owners, but said that one owner has already split back to China.