A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted a local man Wednesday accused of dealing heroin to a buyer who survived an overdose on the drug last year.
James Tyler Caricofe, 22, of Strasburg, remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on a charge of distribution of a schedule I or II substance.
Retired Judge Dennis L. Hupp scheduled Caricofe’s next appearance in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for March 13. David L. Hensley represents Caricofe.
A criminal complaint filed initially in General District Court with Caricofe’s arrest warrant states that Strasburg police responded to 457 Colley Block Road just before 7:50 p.m., Jan. 27, 2018, for a reported drug overdose.
Emergency workers transported a man identified in the complaint as Harry Fake to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for an apparent heroin overdose. Police investigators arrived at the hospital shortly after 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018, and spoke with Fake who said he bought $60 worth of heroin from Caricofe earlier that day, the complaint states. Fake said he used the heroin shortly before he overdosed, the complaint notes.
A grand jury indicted Harry Leroy Fake IV on June 13 on two counts of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance. The indictment charges Fake with possessing the drugs on Jan. 27, 2017, the same date as his overdose. A grand jury indicted Fake on Aug. 15, 2018 for possession of a controlled substance on Sept. 20, 2017. A judge accepted a plea agreement reached between Fake’s attorney and the prosecutor Sept. 21 that called for the court to defer disposition in the three cases to Sept. 6, 2020.
Caricofe had been on a deferred disposition related to an indictment charging him with possession of oxymorphone that also stemmed from an apparent overdose on Jan. 3, 2017 — less than a month before the Jan. 27 incident. Caricofe also was indicted on one count of driving while intoxicated on Jan. 3, 2017.
A criminal complaint filed with the Jan. 3, 2017 incident states that Strasburg police officer Cody Mead made a traffic stop at 9:40 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017, and identified Caricofe as the driver. Caricofe showed signs of intoxication on all field sobriety tests, the complaint states. Alcohol did not appear present but the officer arrested Caricofe and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs. Mead states he saw Caricofe nodding off and, through the officer’s experience and training, suspected the driver had used narcotics. Mead took Caricofe to a local hospital for treatment of a possible overdose. Nursing staff told Mead that Caricofe had stopped breathing and they used Narcan to reverse the effects of the overdose, the complaint notes. Nurses notified Mead that Caricofe reacted positively to the Narcan, meaning the suspect had opiates in his system, according to the complaint.
Mead contacted the on-call agent for the Northwest Virginia Drug Task Force who came to the hospital and began working the incident as an overdose. The agent sought a search warrant to test for opiates in Caricofe’s system, the complaint notes.
Correction: This story has been updated to show that James Tyler Caricofe was indicted on Wednesday.