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Virginia man faces 12 years in prison for alleged role in Wyocena overdose

November 20, 2018

A 38-year-old Virginia man could receive up to 12 years in prison following a non-fatal heroin overdose in the town of Wyocena.

Neal Agnew of Hillsville, Virginia, is charged with felony delivery of heroin of 3 grams or less. He made his initial appearance Oct. 23 in Columbia County Circuit Court and has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 29.

According to the criminal complaint, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded Oct. 7 to a potential drug overdose at a residence in the town of Wyocena, where he found a man lying on his back on the bathroom floor.

The deputy administered three doses of Narcan before the man woke up and was then transported to a hospital. At the hospital, the man told the deputy he had not used heroin in two years, but decided to use it that day. Initially, he only used half of the heroin he had, he told the deputy, and when the high started to wear off, he injected more and passed out.

The deputy spoke again with the man Oct. 16 about the drug overdose.

According to the complaint, the man said he texted Agnew while looking for heroin and Agnew responded and said they would need to drive to Madison. The man picked up Agnew and they drove together to Madison, where Agnew separately found heroin.

The man and Agnew then went to a residence in Madison where Agnew took some of the heroin and passed out, requiring the man to splash water on Agnew’s face. When the man later drove Agnew to a residence in Pardeeville, Agnew told the man he could keep the rest of the heroin, which he used later and then overdosed.

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