Guest

Speakers

Matt Capelouto 

Matt Capelouto is the Co-Founder of DrugInducedHomicide.org, A national non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness about the effectiveness of criminal investigation and prosecution in reducing deaths related to suspected drug poisoning.

Since losing one of his four daughters in December 2019 to fentanyl poisoning, Matt has pursued legislation in California known as Alexandra’s Law that will criminally hold accountable those who sell and distribute deadly drugs.

Matt is a father, husband, grandfather, and business owner. He is focused on bringing awareness of the fentanyl epidemic to the forefront of the American Public.

Dan Schneider

I’m Dan Schneider. I’m 70 years old and would like to think sharing my hard-found wisdom would benefit others.

I was born in 1950 in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. I resided there for just 3mos, then white flight moved me to suburban Chalmette. I lived there for 56 years until 1 year after Katrina. I then moved to higher ground an hour away to Mandeville, La., where I reside today. My advocacy related to our drug/addiction problems has most been in St. Bernard until the docuseries THE PHARMACIST.

I went to public schools and graduated in 1969 from Chalmette high, where I was an All-District Tackle on our 1968 all-time greatest football team. Later I went on to Xavier pharmacy school and graduated in 1975 with honors. (Just Kidding)

My wife and high school sweetheart (Annie) were married in 1971. She worked and provided. I went to school and worked part-time. My wife retired to become a full time Mom. Our son Danny was born 9/27/76. Lil Danny was a blond haired blue-eyed beautiful boy. He brought us much joy. Our daughter Kristi came along in 1980 and completed what many called the Griswald family. Station wagon, family trips, a 17 ft. Christmas tree.

I started working at K&B as a pharmacist and later at Eckerd Drug, and then on to Bradley’s Pharmacy now also of Netflix fame.

Then on 4/14/1999 our life changed. Our son was murdered while attempting to buy drugs. He had been a polite kid, no fights, no detentions, never stole from us or others. Only drug issue was he occasionally smoked pot, or so we thought. We were shocked, ashamed and blamed ourselves for a while. After briefly doubting and being angry with God, I grew closer to my faith than ever. I had to go find my son’s killer. I asked God for help and protection for me and the witness and promised that if I could get his killer off the street, I would go on a mission for him. I would educate parents, youth and do anything to reduce the drug/addiction problem and prevent tragedies such as ours.

Our story is told in the Netflix docuseries “The Pharmacist”. The story is not over, it is still being written as new strive to build a nationwide movement to end the Opioid and Addiction Pandemic that has killed nearly a million since my son died. I call Our Mission “The Tunnel of Hope”, as we hope to bring Light to this dark National Tragedy.

Virginia Krieger

Virginia Krieger is a former nurse and investigative analyst for The Hartford specializing in disability fraud.  She has applied her extensive background in investigative analysis to the growing issues surrounding this drug epidemic and illicit fentanyl. She has completed two independent research projects studying high impact areas in Ohio, which is ground zero for this epidemic, and around the nation. She has presented her findings to leadership in the State of Ohio and the Federal Government, including Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Jim Jordan. Additionally, Mrs. Krieger has testified before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Ohio Senate Bill 3 (which would lower penalties associated with drug trafficking); will be the keynote speaker at the next National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) annual meeting; has been a guest on numerous radio stations and podcasts educating the public and sounding the alarm regarding illicit fentanyl; and has spoken at recovery events and rallies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

Most importantly, she suffers an anguish shared by more than 100,000 American families: she lost her lost her only daughter Tiffany to counterfeit pills (“Percocet”) containing heroin and illicit fentanyl, on February 2, 2015. Tiffany was not a drug user, nor was she addicted to anything. She was given a single dose of “Percocet” (fake) by someone she knew, when suffering an injury for which, ironically, she was not prescribed pain medications due to the newer, more restrictive prescribing practices. Tiffany was the victim of the new paradigm of the Drug Crisis; the non-addicted victim. Like so many bereaved parents, Virginia wanted to save other children in the crosshairs of Fentanyl, and with that save other mothers and fathers the anguish she feels each day without her precious Tiffany. To do so, she founded Parents Against Illicit Narcotics (P-A-I-N) to promote drug awareness and prevention efforts in our communities. This is accomplished through collaborative efforts with local grass roots organizations who promote drug awareness and education to the general public through a website and ongoing research projects. Mrs. Krieger is a founder and Board Director of the Fentanyl Awareness Coalition, a national organization bringing together the voices of those living victims of Synthetic Drugs.  

Virginia Krieger brings a unique perspective to the Opioid Crisis. Losing a non-addicted, non-user child to this Crisis, while suffering the anguish of addiction as well, since her youngest son Zachary fell into substance abuse due to the intense grief he experience when losing his sister. Zach nearly died in October 2020 from meth contaminated with acetyl-fentanyl. Such contamination (a.k.a. “lacing” is part of the new paradigm). He is now sober, but anyone suffering the anxiety of a family member with a Substance Use Disorder knows that her fear and suffering are a constant, and, much like the grief of losing a child, permanent.

Mrs. Krieger also suffers from chronic pain since a serious accident in 2003 left her with a spinal cord injury which required numerous surgeries.  After 12 years on a variety of narcotic pain medications, she is acutely aware of the challenges faced by pain patients in this atmosphere.

Mrs. Krieger suffers all three facets of this crisis, and she always will: a non-addicted child suddenly and tragically killed by Fentanyl; a child still alive, but addicted, and already the victim of Fentanyl poisoning; and chronic pain, for which she has used and will continue to need, narcotic pain medication in an era where we are reactively limited such access.

 Her voice, the voice of suffering, needs to be heard as we address this Crisis.  

Derek S. Maltz

Derek S. Maltz retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 28 years of dedicated service and is currently working for Pen-Link Ltd as the Executive Director, Government Relations. Mr. Maltz is also a National Security, Public Safety Executive who appears on national news networks as a subject matter expert.

Mr. Maltz was the Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Special Operations Division (SOD) for almost 10 years before he left the federal government. Mr. Maltz also previously held the position as the Chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is the oldest and largest drug task force in America. 

As the Agent in Charge of SOD, SAC Maltz was instrumental in the growth of SOD from 9 to 30 participating agencies including personnel from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  Mr. Maltz oversaw the operations of approximately 500 SOD personnel and was responsible for an annual budget of $100 million, while incorporating the DOJ’s priority International Organized Crime and Gang Operational programs into the center. Mr. Maltz played a vital leadership role in developing and implementing DOJ’s and Department of Homeland Security’s nationwide de-confliction program to better synchronize the criminal law enforcement efforts around the world. SOD was responsible for leading the coordination of the high-profile multi-agency efforts that resulted in the capture of Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Guzman. Mr. Maltz was also featured on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC and CNN in response to SOD’s role in the tremendous law enforcement success against the Sinaloa Cartel.

SAC Maltz formally established the Counter Narco-Terrorism Operations Center (CNTOC) in January 2007. Since its establishment, the CNTOC successfully coordinated several significant narco-terrorism operations, including the identification of the Lebanese Canadian Bank as a facilitator involved with an international trade-based money laundering scheme supporting Hezbollah, and a subsequent U.S. Treasury Patriot Act 311 action. This was the first time a 311 action was used in this manner in conjunction with law enforcement on a drug case. This unprecedented event ultimately led to a $150 million seizure as part of the Hezbollah drug and money laundering initiative named Project Cassandra. Mr. Maltz appeared several times on Fox News to discuss this well publicized and impactful enforcement action.

SAC Maltz also enhanced SOD’s Bi-Lateral Global Investigations Unit at SOD from 1-5 highly successful field enforcement groups. These proactive investigative groups demonstrated unparalleled success in targeting and prosecuting some of the highest level criminals in the world, such as the arrest and conviction of notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout; the arrest and conviction of arms trafficker and terrorist Monzer Al Kassar, alleged mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking; the capture and conviction of Haji Juma Khan, reputedly Afghanistan’s biggest drug kingpin with ties to the Taliban and the leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the Central Asia Region; the capture and conviction of Afghan heroin kingpin Haji Bagcho; the arrest and conviction of Khan Mohammed on 21 USC 960a charges of narco-terrorism and the arrest and conviction of Global Transnational Criminal Paul Le Roux.

As a result of Mr. Maltz’ leadership, he received the Presidential Rank Award for his accomplishments.  Mr. Maltz was also the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards for his accomplishments throughout his law enforcement career and has an extensive law enforcement network around the world. Mr. Maltz has been a spokesperson at Congress and on national media networks on a variety of national security topics. Mr. Maltz was also the lead spokesperson for the DEA for over 10 years on the “going dark” issues relating to advanced communications and encryption and was a member of the DOJ’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) briefing team on these complex issues impacting law enforcement and public safety.

SAC Maltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University, is married, has three children and is part of a family of exceptional public service.

Terry Almanza

My name is Terry Almanza.  I am a retired Chicago Police officer, a grieving mother & the founder of the Forgotten Victims of Drug Induced Homicide.  Our group’s mission has been to: 

  • Introduce Drug Induced Homicide legislation to States that do not currently have a criminal statute pursuing the criminals peddling poison for profit.
  • Raise awareness about the effectiveness of criminal investigation and prosecution in reducing deaths related to suspected drug toxicity.
  • Support families of victims who were unlawfully delivered a controlled substance resulting in their death.

Our website: www.druginducedhomicide.org

Find us on Facebook at The Forgotten Victims of Drug Induced Homicide 

When bad things happen to good people, they grieve & they suffer. Then they resolve not to allow it to happen to someone else. 

Not so it can help justify the pain, suffering or loss that has struck their family but so no one else has to feel the pain they have felt.

Michael Gray

Michael Gray is the CEO of Actus Analytical, which develops spectroscopy solutions for compliance with public safety and agricultural regulations. Nancy Gray has spent her adult life dedicated to the loving care of her family.

The Grays are the parents of Declan Gray, 22, and Amanda Gray, who was killed by an overdose of straight Fentanyl on January 11, 2018 at the age of 24. The Gray family battled with acute mental illness throughout Amanda’s life, and substance abuse in the last 2 years before her passing.

Michael and his wife Nancy are advocates for solutions to treating the entirety of the overdose epidemic problem in America, including the largely forgotten constituency of intermittent users. Most notable are the acutely mentally-ill, who abuse opioids or other drugs (prescription and non-prescription) to the point of addiction and death in their search for symptom relief from tragically under-treated diseases. The introduction of Fentanyl into the supply stream means all aspects of illicit drug use must be considered to save lives, since any single instance of illicit opioid use may lead to death. The time to see the threat as related only to addicts is long past. Michael is a popular speaker, offering unique analyses and suggestions for creative solutions to a new problem, i.e., an old problem with a recently altered paradigm. Michael walks participants through the murky world of the drug problem clarifying the threat and dispelling myths.  

In addition to advocacy, Michael Gray is offering his 30 years of professional expertise in the world of scientific instrumentation as another element of his work on behalf of the victims of overdose. As the Interdict Law and other legislative activity considers nascent technological advances in the ability to detect illicit drugs at the street level, Michael Gray adds his professional expertise to that debate. With experience in the areas of Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, Michael will be participating in the deployment of portable testing for narcotics at the field level as a means of confirming suspected illegal substances, in a manner which protects the safety of First Responders.  

James Rauh

James Rauh is the founder of Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), a national nonprofit organization with a mission to have illicit fentanyl declared a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Following the death of his son Tom from fentanyl poisoning in 2015, James started Families Against Fentanyl to compel new, innovative actions by the federal government to combat the rise in illicit fentanyl across the United States and its concerning potential to be used as a chemical weapon.

A longtime businessman in the plastics industry, Mr. Rauh brings his deep understanding of science and chemistry to his work at FAF. A resident of Akron, Ohio, he has been profiled on 60 Minutes and featured in numerous media outlets including The Hill, RealClearHealth, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and more.

Visit familiesagainstfentanyl.org for more info.