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.”

frizzy August 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Put blame where it should be!!!! Why are there drugs in the home...parents should pay more attention knowing that he has and has had ongoing issues for a very long time....
daj August 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Every time I turn around I hear of someone on/using drugs in Wilmington. How do we get some help?
frizzy August 16, 2012 at 09:26 PM
What you should be saying is no more ,the young adults in this town are polluting are young children, what consequences are enforced on these parasites. If its ok. by law that an 18 year old be allowed to hang with and pray on 13 year olds and so on, where is the help for the young kids and the parents who suffer because of parasites like him!!!!
Dershallll August 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This is soo true!!!! They are all willingly doing drugs together knowing that something bad could happen and they are all just as guilty and should be going to treatment!!! Most drug addicts are in fear of calling 911 for that very reason, they don't want to get arrested.
Dershallll August 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Because of parAsites like him? How do you think he got into it! He is doing it with all older people not one person younger than him. It's digesting that whole neighborhood is filled with drug addicts
albert August 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
I have lived in wilmington for 46 yrs it does have a very bad dug problem its like living in the city,its just sad.
C. Thomas August 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Lets see the girl was shooting up in.her car not the house you didntknow that how come you havent looked around your neighborhood to much laura as your.street has a few more addicts and thats a fact. Lets hope your children dont get.caught up in this drug epidemic. Now the mother is agood mom . She has not been arrested, she has been trying to help her son. He has a illness, and addiction is an illness just like alcoholism, should we remove them from the neighborhood too? If your really in fear for your children you should really get educated on addiction problems. Its a long hard battle to overcome. How would you feel if your child became a addict? What would you do? Addicts are lost souls trying to find thier way back. They are scared troubled lost souls. Maybe you should have a heart. - C. Thomas
frizzy August 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
He is a parasite a predator and a women beater, the Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Wrong he does hang and do drugs with younger people, known fact. Shame on any adult he lives with to just allow any of this to go on!!!!! Look at the situation.....Yes, drugs are in this neighborhood thanks to a particular house long roots back, seen same things go on daily, and on it goes...No he did not always live here either, maybe he should go back where he came from!!! Actually maybe staying in jail would be a blessing in disguise for all!!!!
Mumzie August 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Excuse me Frizzy ...... You need to get your facts straight PLEASE !!!!! Joshua comes from a very loving mother and a very stable home it just so happens he fell into the wrong crowd of kids who were using drugs and he then got involved and is now struggling with an addiction . You have no idea what goes on in their home so please do not assume anything because it only makes a real ass out of you . You should really educate yourself on drug addiction instead of bashing a young man who needs help . Go do something construtive and like I said educate yourself ........ brecause your ignorance is deplorable .......
MsJennie August 17, 2012 at 01:00 AM
WOW, some of these comments shock me! Being addicted to drugs has a HUGE affect on a HUMAN's brain. It takes over the addicts brain. Do your research people! My sister has struggled with being an addict for 12 years (and I didnt grow up in Wilmington..she lives on the North Shore). It's an epidemic. I find it hard to hear that some of you think that it is the parents FAULT. People become addicts for so many reasons. Either they dont feel good about themselves, past history of life events, or like my sister she got into a car accident and was prescribed oxy..which spiraled and heroin become her drug....It is very hard to watch someone you love be an addict and never get better. There needs to be more education about what it can do to you and all the people you love if you decide to use. Please educate yourselves before you judge. I no longer have a relationship with her, but still love and prayer for her everyday.
frizzy August 17, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Of course addiction is a disease but for any parent to allow what comes with it into their home is a disgrace on their part. ( drugs in the home ) Why not just serve it up, especially when you have younger siblings in the home. I am educated and very aware and for the people who find themselves in this situation due to serious injury I do feel for, as for the willing tell me why I should ? It is awful to watch but when you choose to allow it in you're home , well I guess you reap what you sew. You say I have no idea what goes on in that home, think again. It is by far no big secret!!!!! I do not have sympathy for anyone who allows this parasitic lifestyle into there home and allows it to go on for years. Neighbors may not be so nosey if the drama wasn't right in front of them!!!
Stacey bishop August 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Mumzie August 17, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Again you are very very wrong !!!! Joshua's mother never ever willingly or knowingly let drugs into her home . The only way you would know what goes on behind closed doors is if you are doing some snooping and if thats the case then there is a serious problem. Other than that like I said you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors because you do not live in the home !!!! Once you are an addict you are no longer willing. It has become a habit and without the drug you get violently sick amongst many other withdrawal symptoms sometimes including death , so that shows where you're education lies as far as addiction .. Thank you very much I rest my case .. you really need to worry about your own busisness and hope and pray that some day one of your children never ends up drug addicted, because even those with all the money in the world and the " BEST LIVES " LOL end up addicts ......U are a disgrace and a poor excuse for an adult .... Leave Joshua and his family alone !!!!!!!!!!
Mumzie August 17, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Ms Jennie , Thank you so much I couldnt agree with you more . I am very sorry about your sister I know how difficult it is and I totally understand . Prayer is Power !!!
Natalie D August 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Well said.
Melissa Erickson August 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I didn't state that there wasn't a massive drug problem - I was just making a statement about the statement that one person does not equate to a "massive" problem....
Jane Smith August 20, 2012 at 02:10 AM
They should not arrest him. next time someone over doses the cops will not be called because the person who is most likely as high as the over doser will be afraid he or she will be arrrested. The should take him to a rehab
momof2 August 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
You really shouldn't post comments you know nothing about!!!!!
momof2 August 20, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Really, so he is the only one in the neighborhood with a drug problem???? There's quite a few on that street, so unless you plan on driving all of them out of the neighborhood I suggest you just worry about taking care of your children and only pray it doesn't happen to them. The real issue is the suppliers. Why don't you consider that.
just a dad August 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM
to all who posted on this issue. It is no surprice to a lot of Wilmington residents about the drugs in this town. He has been in detaox for drugs and has been arrested for some other things. Yes maybe as parents we do turn a blind eye to what our kids do but it doesnt make her a bad mom. As far as the girl friend goes you are only 17 and before you met him he has had a temper and a drug problem now he has turned you in to a user. King street has lost a great kid 3 years ago over drugs its in this town and in every town.
c thomas August 21, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Ok where do you get he turned her in to a drug user? Girl friend had been in rehab and was a run away on more than one time does some drugs .and this was before they became girl freind and boy freind . They hooked up hanging with the same kids. What does a temper have to do with using.
booshbosh August 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
everyone here is pritty stupid you all know nothing you live in a sucluded suburban town...get off the computer!!
booshbosh August 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
if anyone knew what they were talking about they would know this was bound to happen kids have been junkies sence 9th grade
just a dad August 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM
excuse me C Thomas. He has broken a girls face before and has been in jail and rehab so unless you now this party i thinkl you should look it up or find out what your talking about.
Kathleen B. Reynolds August 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM
webmom, good observation regarding possession. One can indeed be in possession of something that is in their bloodstreams. Many juveniles/minors are charged with "minor in possession of alcohol" when its in their bloodstream. Police officers should be commended for their courageous acts and occupations, but not necessarily for their interpretation of the law.
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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