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Spokane Police watching tainted drug investigation in Sacramento

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In early March, three people died in Spokane County as a result of possibly tainted drugs. In early March, three people died in Spokane County as a result of possibly tainted drugs.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Six people have died in Sacramento as a result of what police say is tainted drugs, and now officers there are trying to figure out where that tainted supply of drugs came from, and police officers in Spokane are keeping tabs on Sacramento's investigation. It's on SPD's radar because in early March three people died as a result of what appears to be drug overdoses, and officers here say it's possible tainted drugs played a role in their deaths.

The dead were identified as William L. Hubbard, 21, and Yana Olar, 25, whose bodies were found at different locations in Spokane. Jessica M. Peterson, 29, was found dead in Spokane Valley. The deaths occurred less than three hours apart, police said. It was not clear if the three people knew each other.

Spokane Police and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office issued a joint statement in March about the apparent overdose deaths as a warning to the community about a possible bad batch of illegal drugs.

In Sacramento officers say 30 people overdosed on tainted drugs in just the last week. Six of those people died. Officers there say a batch of the opiate Norco is being sold and it appears to have been laced with fentanyl, an opiate that is roughly 100 times more potent than heroin, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities in Spokane say they are aware of Sacramento's investigation and haven't ruled out anything with our local deaths, but are waiting for toxicology reports before making any kind of final determination. Those toxicology reports generally take 6-8 weeks. Police say there have been more overdoses over March, but there don't appear to be any more overdose-related deaths since those first three.

In 2014, there were nine opiate-related deaths in Spokane County.

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