Arrest of Suspect for Controlled Substance Homicide

Release Date: May 29, 2020

This following is a press release from the King County Sheriff's Department relating to a case involving a Sammamish resident.

Date: 5/29/2020

Case: C18035076

Arrest of Suspect for Controlled Substance Homicide

Update:  On May 21, 2020, after developing probable cause, KCSO Detectives arrested Christopher Hanson for controlled substance homicide. The arrest occurred in Arlington, WA. 

A search was conducted of Hanson’s home and detectives located an AR-15 style rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, $30,005.00 cash, 150 Xanax pills, and 842- 30 MG “M-30” counterfeit oxycodone pills.  Hanson is a 5 time convicted felon and therefore not allowed to possess firearms. See attached photo.

“We have issued several warnings about these deadly M-30 pills,” said Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht. “Our Major Crimes detectives did an incredible job piecing this case together. We will take a hard stance against those dealing these dangerous drugs. This suspect has been arrested 44 times in the past, with 27 convictions.  These are the repeat offenders that I will hold accountable.”

The King County Prosecutor has charged Hanson with Controlled Substance Homicide, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd degree (2 counts) and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. 

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said, “I want people to be aware that these drugs, which look like pharmaceutical drugs, are potential killers. These counterfeit pills vary in strength, but even a small amount of fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose. We don’t want any other families to suffer the heartache of losing a loved one.” 

“I would like to sincerely thank the King County Sheriff’s Office and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for their work in bringing this dangerous individual to justice,” said King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. “Counterfeit pills have had a tragic impact on our region, and the recent teen deaths have broken the hearts of everyone in the community. It is absolutely vital that we continue to prioritize the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers.”

Original Story- On August 8, 2018 a then 33 year old male died at his home in the City of Sammamish. The male was in possession of several M-30 counterfeit Oxycodone pills which have commonly been found to contain the deadly drug fentanyl. The Medical Examiner’s office determined that this victim died of “acute combined fentanyl and ethanol intoxication.” 

King County Major Crimes Detectives were assigned the case and were able to identify and develop probable cause to arrest a 45 year old male, Christopher Hanson.

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