Mr. Filson is a California native, born in Los Angeles and raised in Huntington Beach. Relocating to San Bernardino in 1976, he was hired by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1978. He transferred to San Bernardino PD in 1981 and retired as a Sergeant on October 31, 2009. His experience included 9 years as an investigator in the Homicide Unit and 5 years in the Narcotics Unit, where he supervised a team working with the DEA and FBI investigating organizations involved in the major distribution of methamphetamines.
Mr. Filson is also the Secretary of VOID, Victims of Illicit Drugs. The organization is a non-profit, tax-exempt, California corporation formed to provide education and awareness surrounding the dangers of illicit drugs, in particular illicit Fentanyl. They are also actively pursuing legislation both at the state and federal levels to advance this purpose. Mr. Filson’s family was personally affected on January 22, 2020, when his wife found their 29-year-old daughter Jessica and her boyfriend, Nicholas, dead inside their home in the City of Redlands. Their deaths were the result of fentanyl toxicity.
Fentanyl changes everything, and but for fentanyl, his daughter and thousands of others across our country would still be here. In spreading the message of this scourge affecting our society, it is hoped that lives can be saved.
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