Front Royal man arrested in connection to overdose death

Glenn Sovereign

FRONT ROYAL — Authorities arrested a local man after he allegedly gave heroin to a group of people, one of whom died of an overdose.

Glenn Eugene Sovereign, 40, arrived at a Front Royal residence at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 26 with a woman to shoot heroin with two witnesses, the criminal complaint alleges. After shooting the heroin, the complaint alleges, Sovereign gave the two witnesses the foil pack of heroin to use, which they snorted through a pen tube.

At some point at the house, the woman overdosed on the drug and died at the scene when authorities were called around mid-morning, explained Investigator Mike Henry with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The pen tube was found “with heroin residue still on it,” the criminal complaint alleges, and the foil that contained the heroin was recovered at the scene. The two witnesses identified Sovereign as the one who gave them all the heroin, the complaint states, and Sovereign was arrested and charged with heroin distribution.

Sovereign has a criminal history including oxycodone distribution and methadone possession charges from 2013 and 2015, respectively. On Monday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming filed to have the previously-suspended sentences on those charges revoked along with Sovereign’s probation.

The next hearing in the heroin distribution case is set for April 25 in Warren County General District Court, but Sovereign’s attorney can ask for an earlier hearing. Sovereign is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

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