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Crime Q&A: Any news in series of fentanyl-related deaths in Sacramento region?

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State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, joins families in 2016 in the push to reduce the state's high number of prescription drug deaths and overdoses.

Q: Is there any news of the series of Norco/fentanyl killings?

Blake, Sacramento

A: The first known arrest in connection with a series of fentanyl-related deaths in the Sacramento region was reported in July after a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 50-year-old Mildred Dossman.

Dossman, who also goes by the name Denise Dossman, was arrested at her Sacramento County home. She was charged with possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone and fentanyl, distribution of hydrocodone and fentanyl, and using a cell phone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The indictment alleges that between June 18, 2015 and March 27, 2016, Dossman distributed hydrocodone and fentanyl in Sacramento County .

She was released on bond and is awaiting trial in the case. According to federal court records available online, Dossman is scheduled for a status conference Dec. 1.

Federal authorities said Dossman’s arrest was part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of fentanyl and hydrocodone in the region. The dangerous opioid was blamed for a spate of overdoses and deaths in the region beginning in late March. Although the overdoses had tapered off by the time Dossman was arrested, as of late July, 53 overdoses and 12 deaths had been reported in Sacramento County, and three overdoses and two deaths had been reported in Yolo County.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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