District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Timothy Clark, Wolfe (DOB 04-02-98), of Paso Robles was arrested and charged with murder in the March 9, 2020 the overdose death of a 19-year-old Atascadero resident. Wolfe is also charged with the sale of the fentanyl and the possession for sale of alprazolam (brand name Xanax), all of which are crimes.
The murder charge stems from the Wolfe sale of the 19-year-old victim of three fake pills that was found to be 30 mg of Percocet (a mixture of oxycodone and acetaminophen). However, the drugs that are to be sold by the Wolfe is actually contained fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, known to be a 50-to 100-fold more potent than morphine. The youth took a pill and died from fentanyl intoxication.
Wolfe was charged on the basis of the theory is that if he was selling the pills that he knew or should have known, that the pills, the fentanyl and it was very dangerous for the human life.
“The buying and selling of illegal prescription drugs on the street is a deadly danger. As a buyer, may believe that they are buying it from a pharmaceutical-grade pain reliever, there is no way to get to know who she is, where she came from, or what is in them. Unfortunately, as is often the case, it will lead to overdose and death,” said district attorney Dan Dow. “We will not allow that the criminal law-distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and other hard drugs, because there are a lot of young people are dying in our country, and right here in our community. People who are knowingly selling these deadly pills into our community and will be aggressively prosecuted, and, when the facts are in, they will be charged with the murder.”
The criminals are in the underground labs to take the illicit fentanyl, mix it with other substances, and then press the mixture into pills, which appear to be of a pharmaceutical grade Percocet. The high potency of fentanyl greatly increases the risk of overdose, especially if the user is not aware of his presence in the birth control pill. Fentanyl is a high potency drug trafficking crime, less of the active drug in the pills, thus making them to increase profits. It is not claimed that Wolfe made with illegal drugs is that they are being sold.
Wolfe is expected to be arraigned on the indictment on Friday, May 22, 2020, Section 3, of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
The incident was under investigation by the Atascadero Police Department with the assistance of the Paso Robles Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. Studies are on-going. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant district Attorney Michael S. Frye.
If you or someone you know is addicted to opiates, you can take a look at the County of San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Services web page at www.slobehavioralhealth.org or call us at (800) 838-1381.
It is important to note that the criminal complaint includes charges that have to be proven in a court of law by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until the contrary is proved.
A copy of the complaint, and could not be opened here.