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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Ed Varso

PHONE: 760-839-4444

DATE: 01-04-18

Escondido Police Make Arrest in Xanax Case with International Ties

Escondido police detectives received information from federal law enforcement officials regarding a package shipped from Great Britain and intended for an address in Escondido. The package contained approximately 5,700 Xanax pills. Detectives worked in close partnership with special agents from the Food and Drug Office of Criminal Investigations and US Postal Inspection Service to further investigate the shipment. The investigation culminated in a search warrant being served in Escondido on 12-29-17. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of additional Xanax pills and the arrest of two Escondido residents; Christian Wolfkiel (22 years old), and Colin Frank (23 years old). Wolfkiel and Frank were both charged with H&S 11375(B)- Possession of a controlled substance with intent for sales.

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said, “Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem not only Escondido, but in communities throughout our nation. Our officers and detectives will continue to work closely with community organizations and law enforcement partners to create a drug free Escondido.” Chief Carter encourages area residents to ensure the safe disposal of unused prescription medication. Carter said, “when residents remove unused medications from their homes they become far less likely to end up in the hands of children or criminals.” Unused medications can be safely, and anonymously, disposed of during business hours at Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters building at 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy.

    Colin Frank                         Christian Wolfkiel

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