Overdose death on the Swinomish Reservation

(SWINOMISH RESERVATION)- According to a press release from the Swinomish Tribal Police Department, on May 11th first responders were summoned to a possible accidental overdose at a residence on the tribal reservation. Despite life-saving efforts, a 40 year-old woman passed away.

Investigation by the Swinomish Tribal Police in to the circumstances surrounding the death led to evidence that controlled substances illegally purchased the night before at a residence in Burlington, Washington had been the source of the drugs ingested by the victim.

The Swinomish Tribal Police Department continued its investigation with the assistance of the Burlington Police Department, the Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit, the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, on Saturday, May 12th at approximately 3 p.m., a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 100 Block of East Sharon Avenue in Burlington. Officers located illegal drugs, evidence of drug sales, and other evidence during the search. Two adult women were taken in to custody in connection with the investigation and have been booked in to the Skagit County Justice Center for investigation of Controlled Substance Homicide as well as other drug-related charges.

Evidence indicates that pills recovered from the residence may be counterfeit Controlled Substances designed to look like actual prescription medication. This is an ongoing investigation, but our department wants the public to be aware that any illegal substances purchased at the residence in question may be unexpectedly dangerous to ingest.

Anyone with further information pertaining to this investigation can contact Detective J. Schwahn at 360-466-7237.