A man suspected of distributing drugs injected with deadly synthetics has been charged with suspected mass overdose in Pennsylvania.
Three people were killed and four were hospitalized during a weekend party in Pittsburgh, PA.  Peter Rene Sanchez Montalvo was charged Monday with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Federal prosecutors say he offered the participants white powder coated with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The survivors said they believed the white powder was cocaine, but after they "hit" the drug, people immediately started dropping out, "according to a statement by federal prosecutors.
The group was at a club in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Saturday night before leaving for a party after an apartment in the southern city where Sanchez Mantalvo was staying, local police said.
When the first arriving at the apartment building on Sunday morning found the party of Rubio Clemente Martinez dead in an elevator, court documents said.
Inside the apartment, they found the bodies of Joel Pechina and Josue Serrano, according to court documents.
Three others "appear to be suffering from some type of medical emergency" and were taken to a local hospital, the documents said.
Their conditions were well known on Monday.
An unidentified partygoer told detectives that he had quarreled with Sanchez Montalvo after refusing medication, he told documents.
Sanchez Montalvo then says he escaped the apartment. Authorities found him Monday morning in a home in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with a California driver's license, a large amount of money, cell phones and packing equipment for heroin, according to court documents.
Sanchez Montalvo was sentenced to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.