King Street Drug Overdose Leads to Heroin Arrest

Police were called when a woman overdosed on drugs, and the incident led to the arrest of a King Street man for possession of heroin.

A Wilmington man was arrested after a woman suffered a drug overdose outside of a King Street home on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Lt. Joe Desmond said a call came in at 3:33 p.m. on Tuesday from 29A King Street for a suspected overdose. When officers arrived they found a young female on the ground in front of the house who was, according to Desmond, responsive but “not doing well.”

The took over the scene and treated the woman until her breathing improved and she could be transported to a local hospital.

In an effort to find out what had caused the woman to collapse on the property, officers entered the home and found heroin, pills and other drug paraphernalia inside.

Joshua Kivlehan, 18, of 29A King Street, was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of Class A drugs for allegedly having heroin at the home.

The female was only given a civil citation because there was a small amount of marijuana in her vehicle. According to Desmond, even though the woman likely overdosed on heroin, there is no way of charging her for possession because the drug was in her system.

“The difficulty is that we know she took it, but she was outside of the house and not with the drugs. You really can’t charge her because you cannot be in possession of drugs when it’s inside your body,” said Desmond. “It’s inside her at that point, so it comes down to a matter of how do you prove it? That’s just the way the law is, and maybe there is a flaw in the law."

Desmond said he’s seen multiple overdoses during his shifts in the last two months, including a pair that came during the same call.

“It’s something that is a constant issue we deal with,” said Desmond. “It’s sad because in most cases it’s young people. They get hooked at a young age and it’s a difficult drug to kick.”

Kathleen B. Reynolds August 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Have you ever considered participating in the crime/drug watch programs? If there isn't one already in your neighborhood, why not organize one?
Kathleen B. Reynolds August 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Addicts are not going to reveal their sources, nor do they want jail OR hospitalization, especially if they've been arrested soon after using. What they want is more drugs to keep them from getting sick from withdrawals. Unfortunately for them and everyone else, they are not using to get high, they are using to keep from getting ill...neither jail or hospitalization can help that. Only the users can keep themselves from using. They have to be willing to be ill for weeks, sometimes months. It's very, very painful and unpleasant. What they don't realize is that after the pain and displeasure comes joy. They don't know or see that.
cthomas August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Just a dad every thing i said was true.i know my facts.never broke a girls face get real.he has been in rehabs yes.he has never turned any one into a user. You should take your own advice . Why people have to trash this kid is awful.he has a drug problem .he needs a strong program. What if this was your kid .
Maya September 01, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I have to agree addiction is a disease and these kids need help and we as a town need to do something before more kids become victims. That being said, Mumsie and Dershalll you blame the dealers? Turn them in then! As far as nosey neighbors? Stop leaving your used needles on the ground and they may stop caring so much about what you do. Their issue is that you are endangering them and their families now.
MsJennie November 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM


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