Police investigating more heroin-related deaths
Search warrant documents filed in Warren County Circuit Court disclose law enforcement investigations into two recent fatalities that authorities believe to have been caused by heroin overdoses.
The first death was recorded on Feb. 25 at 523 Short St. in Front Royal. An affidavit by Front Royal police detective Landin J. Waller identifies the victim as John Wayne Glascock.
“The facts of the investigation indicate the death was related to a heroin overdose,” Waller wrote.
The affidavit states police executed a search warrant on a cell phone belonging to Kandise Jeuall Presgraves. The affidavit further states that the number on the cell phone “was utilized to broker the deal providing the heroin to Glascock.”
Front Royal police Sgt. Crystal Cline said the investigation into the case is continuing. The search warrant states that police have identified a suspected supplier of the heroin that Glascock consumed before his death.
“No one has been arrested in that case,” Cline said. She refused to comment further on the investigation.
Law enforcement officials are also investigating a second death on March 3 as a probable heroin overdose.
A search warrant affidavit filed by Investigator William Smoot of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office states that David Kyle Hunt was found dead at 270 Freeze Road.
“I then spoke with the girlfriend of Hunt who advised me that Hunt was using heroin off and on and also using pills not prescribed to him,” Smoot wrote.
The affidavit also states that a cellophane wrapper with a white powdery substance was found at the scene of Hunt’s death.
A search of the downstairs of the residence turned up several unidentified white pills, a razor blade, a smoking device, green straw and a set of digital scales, the affidavit states.
A third search warrant was executed to draw blood from a man suspected of having overdosed on heroin on March 13 at 1012 Horseshoe Drive in Front Royal.
An affidavit signed by Front Royal police Detective Joshua Tanner states that he arrived at the residence and found Scott Kinsey, 29, “slumped in a chair” and breathing heavily.
An ambulance crew from Warren County Fire and Rescue Services gave Kinsey a dose of Narcan, an antidote for victims of opiate overdoses, and took him to Warren Memorial Hospital, the affidavit states.
The affidavit reports that Kinsey stated he had taken hydrocodone, and a hydrocodone bottle was found at the scene. The prescription bottle was filled two days earlier with 20 pills, but none remained, the affidavit states.
The affidavit also states that Kinsey “admitted to the emergency room doctor that he had used heroin prior to overdosing.”
The deaths of Glascock and Hunt raised the death toll from heroin-related drug overdoses to eight for the year in the five-county area covered by the Northern Virginia Regional Drug Task Force. The task force’s jurisdiction includes Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, Clarke and Page counties and Winchester.
The task force counted 33 deaths in 2014.
Virginia State Police Special Agent Jay Perry, the coordinator of the drug task force, said no overdoses have been recorded in the last several weeks.
“Unfortunately, the month of March last year was one of our worst months for overdoses,” Perry said. “This month we started off seeing a couple, but luckily it’s slowed down the last couple of weeks, and hopefully that trend continues.”
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