Whatcom County, WA – On May 7, 2021, Blaine Police Department responded to a report of the death of 30-year-old Aeschli Wilkinson in the 700 block of E Street in Blaine. Blaine Police Department requested the assistance of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a possible Controlled Substance Homicide Death when the Medical Examiner’s toxicology report indicated fentanyl was in Ms. Wilkinson’s system after a preliminary drug test.
The investigation found that Ms. Wilkinson had been in contact with 31-year-old Tanner Larson from Blaine about obtaining pain killers. According to these messages, Mr. Larson sold Ms. Wilkinson pills on multiple occasions between April 28 and May 6. Ms. Wilkinson was found dead on May 7 around 8:30 am.
After a lengthy investigation, Probable Cause (PC) was developed to charge Mr. Larson with Controlled Substances Homicide.
On August 3, 2022, Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Deputies with the assistance of the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force located Mr. Larson in the 4300 block of Meridian St. in Bellingham. He was placed under arrest for his outstanding PCs. Mr. Larson was searched incident to arrest. His backpack contained cash, a zip lock bag with an unidentified powder, four empty zip lock bags, burnt foil with narcotic residue and a bag with about 100 blue M-30 pills which weighed 12.9 gross weight grams (fentanyl).
“Fentanyl in its clandestine form is a deadly drug,” said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue to prioritize the investigation of deaths resulting from the street sale of this drug as homicides. Potential users of this drug should be aware of its lethal nature and those that deal in the drug should know that if a death results, they will be charged with homicide. I’m very proud of the efforts of our detectives in building this and all recent fentanyl investigations.”
Mr. Larson was booked into Whatcom County Jail for Controlled Substances Homicide with additional charges of Delivery of Controlled Substance – Fentanyl and Delivery of a Counterfeit Substance
-Source: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department