Detroiter Charged For Allegedly Selling Deadly Dose of Fentanyl to Birmingham Teen

March 13, 2024, 2:22 PM by  Allan Lengel

Jack McCarthy (left) and Aron Miranda

A Detroiter has been charged in the 2021 Fentanyl overdose death of Jack McCarthy, 19, of Birmingham.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charged Aron Miranda, 24, of Detroit, with delivery of a controlled substance causing death, delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance, less than 50 grams and felony firemarm.

On Sept. 25,  2021, around 2:30 a.m.,  McCarthy’s lifeless body was found in his home in the 200 block of Westchester Street in Birmingham, authorities said. 

Authorities charge that on that same day, about 40 minutes earlier, Miranda sold McCarthy the deadly Fentanyl at a residence in the 4800 block of Lonyo Street in Detroit.

Miranda was arrested on March 12.  He was arraigned Wednesday in Detroit's 36th District Court and given a $150,000 personal bond. A preliminary examination is set for March 26.

McCarthy's obituary described him this way:

He played soccer, baseball, football, and enjoyed skateboarding, listening to music, fishing, learning guitar, making videos, and hanging out with his friends. Jack graduated from Ernest W. Seaholm High School in 2020, where he was involved in wrestling and developed a passion for UFC fighting. He had just begun his sophomore year at Oakland University, earned a spot on the Dean’s List, and was undecided on his major.

In the short 19 years Jack was with us, he has touched so many lives. Jack was very charismatic. His beautiful smile along with his quick wit could wipe away a bad day in an instant. Jack was extremely polite, respectful, and genuinely interested in others. He cared deeply about the people in his life, listened intently, and was very inquisitive. Jack valued all the relationships he formed throughout his 19 years. One of his favorite pastimes with “the boys” (his friends) was hitting up Detroit Wing Company for buffalo wings with bleu cheese dip.

“We are pleased that the work of the Detroit Police Department resulted in the arrest ,and now, the prosecution of Defendant Miranda in the death of Jack McCarthy,” said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.


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