A Deadly Drug Is Killing Yakima County Residents At a Record Pace
It’s been a deadly year for drug overdoses so far in Yakima County says Coroner Jim Curtice.
The Coroner says 81 people have died in Yakima so far this year
81 people have died of drug overdoses with at least 28 directly connected to the deadly drug fentanyl. Curtice says he’s still waiting on toxicology reports on 27 other suspected fentanyl deaths in the county. Yakima Police say on Tuesday Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Yakima Police Department DEA Task Force Officers arrested a 31-year-old Yakima woman for her connection with what Yakima Police call the “overdose homicide” of 47-year-old Brian Ziegler.
After finding Ziegler dead an investigation lead them to arrest the 31-year-old woman
The Yakima man was found dead on July 11 at his home in the 7700 block of Westbrook Avenue. An investigation found he died from an overdose of the drug fentanyl. That’s when DEA agents and Yakima Police Department DEA Task Force Officers took over the investigation, which led them to the 31-year-old female, who they believe delivered the fentanyl to Ziegler. The woman, who hasn’t been identified is now in the Yakima County jail. She faces charges of drug delivery and controlled substance homicide.
Yakima Police Officers worked with DEA agents to make the arrest
Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely says “I commend our DEA federal partners and task force officers on their work with this case. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous with a high mortality rate, yet there are those who are willing to tempt fate and unfortunately this is usually the end result.”
Yakima has seen rising case numbers of overdoses for the last 3 years
While it’s been a deadly year so far this year, the number of overdose deaths in Yakima County last year were also high. Curtice says 2020 saw more overdose deaths in the county than the previous two years. Last year Curtice says 75 people died of a drug overdose with half being related to the deadly drug fentanyl. 50 people died of an overdose in all of 2019 in Yakima County. 38 overdosed and died in 2018.
Today the number stands at 81 and there’s still more than two months left in the year.
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