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Fentanyl tainted envelope mailed to Skagit elections

Courthouse drama is nothing new in Skagit County.

But what is new is the tact taken to disrupt the counting of 2023 general election ballots at the county auditor’s office in Mount Vernon last Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Ballot counting stopped for a period upon receipt in the mail of a white powdery substance by county elections workers. It was later confirmed to contain trace amounts of fentanyl, a controlled substance that can cause respiratory distress and death.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office was alerted just before noon and immediately blocked access to the courthouse and stationed deputies a...


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