Elderly Yakima Woman Facing Major Drug Charges
A 75-year-old woman arrested on charges of possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver and delivery of fentanyl during a recent drug overdose is facing charges in Yakima County Superior Court. Carma Salazar was arrested July 12 after 55-year-old man died at a home in the 5800 block of Scenic Drive. Authorities found blue pills near his body with the number 30 on them.
The Yakima County Coroner has warned of the pills for years
The same pills Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice has warned people about for years in Yakima. Pills that are laced with the deadly drug fentanyl.
Salazar has posted bail and is now awaiting an arraignment July 27 in Yakima County Superior Court.
Drug overdoses aren't anything new in Yakima. Curtice says 41 people have died of drug overdoses so far this year in Yakima County. He says last year Yakima County saw a record 98 overdoses with half connected to fentanyl. But Yakima could break that record this year with 41 so far halfway through the year.
Drug overdoses are killing people all around our state
Drug overdoses are killing people all around the state not just in Yakima County. Officials with the Washington State Department of Health say 2,000 people died of drug overdoses in the state in 2021 which is a 66% increase over 2019.
So where is the fentanyl coming from? Curtice believes it's coming in big quantities from Mexico through the open US border.
Curtice says he works closely with victim families and speaks around the valley to various groups about the dangers of fentanyl and the challenge authorities have in areas like Yakima County.
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