Three arrested after heroin overdose

By Joe Beck

A heroin overdose in Mauertown on Wednesday led to the arrests of two women and one man on drug-related charges.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said EMTs used Narcan, a drug that counters the effects of heroin, to revive a 23-year-old Edinburg man after they found him “unresponsive” at 73 Hillside Drive around 4:30 p.m. The victim was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, Proctor said.

The overdose victim was at the residence of Justine Elizabeth Ludwig, 32. Ludwig, along with Victoria Campbell, 28, of 115 S. Grove Ave., Edinburg, was charged with selling heroin and conspiring to sell heroin, Proctor said. Each was also charged with two counts of child endangerment.

“In a nutshell, these two brought heroin from out of state and brought it back to the Shenandoah County area,” Proctor said. “Of course, it was subsequently used by the young male, and children were present during some of the event.”

Proctor said Campbell and Ludwig are mothers of the children, ages 16 months and 4 years old.

Proctor said Ludwig is being held without bond in the RSW Regional Jail and Campbell remained in jail as of Friday noon on $10,000 secured bond.

The defendants are scheduled to appear in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Oct. 16 and in General District Court on Oct. 17, Proctor said.

A third suspect was arrested as a result of the investigation at Ludwig’s residence, Proctor said. Hours after the arrest of Ludwig and Campbell, law enforcement officers arrested Stephen Michael Sullivan, 22, of 311 Meghann Drive, Woodstock, and charged him with illegal possession of a prescription drug.

Proctor said authorities executed a search warrant at Sullivan’s home and seized several “drug-related items.”

Sullivan was released from jail on $2,000 secured bond, Proctor said. Sullivan’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 24.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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