Today, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against 20-year-old Carson David Schewe for charges of murder and possession of a controlled substance for sale, as it related to a local fentanyl-related death.
Specifically, it is alleged that on Dec. 3, 2021, the defendant sold fentanyl to the victim, which resulted in the victim’s death. This is the first time a defendant in Placer County has been charged with murder for a fentanyl-related death.
This arrest was made after an investigation by the Roseville Police Department and the Placer County Special Investigations Unit. Both agencies have been investigating fentanyl sales due to the increase of fentanyl and fentanyl-related deaths in Placer County.
Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire said, “Placer County has been tragically affected by the national fentanyl epidemic. We are committed to combatting this crisis with continued education and awareness efforts, extensive prevention campaigns, and aggressive prosecution of those who seek to peddle this deadly drug in our community.”
The defendant appeared in Placer County Superior Court this afternoon where the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent the defendant and the arraignment was continued to February 22. The defendant is currently held at the Placer County jail without bail.
This case filing is one of the many actions being taken by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office to combat the rise in fentanyl deaths in the region. From participating in the nationwide “One pill can kill” campaign, to pushing public service announcements, to working on statewide legislation, Placer County District Attorney’s Office remains committed to fighting the fentanyl issue in the county.