OD leads to charges of violating conditions of release


SHAFTSBURY— An Arlington man is being charged with violating his conditions of release after overdosing in the parking lot of the Paulin's gas station Friday afternoon.

Vermont State Police say they received a call for an unresponsive man at Paulin's Friday afternoon, and two troopers responded to find Gavin C. Wilcox, 27, unconscious in a passenger seat of a Toyota 4Runner. The driver of the vehicle administered Nalaxone (commonly referred to as Narcan) to Wilcox, but he remained unconscious, stated a Vermont State Police affidavit.

Wilcox was revived and became responsive to questions after officers gave him another dose of Nalaxone, but police say he refused medical attention.

It is not explicitly stated in the affidavit what drug Wilcox overdosed on.

Upon obtaining written consent from the 4Runners's owner, police searched the vehicle and reported finding the following items:

-20 empty paper bags, which are typically used for packaging heroin and fentanyl.

-Five spoons, which can be used to help in liquefying crystallized drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

-Three empty hypodermic needles.

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-A black rubber band, which is commonly used to hold bundles of bags containing heroin.

-A plastic baggie containing cotton swabs, which can be used as a filter in preparing a needle for heroin injection.

-A copper scouring pad, which is commonly used as a filter when smoking crack cocaine.

Police also report that Wilcox had a blood alcohol content of .204 — nearly three times the "legal limit" — and Wilcox admitted to an officer "that he has had an alcohol problem for quite some time."

Wilcox was placed on standard probation on Aug. 7, 2018 for possession of cocaine less than 2.5 grams, depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession less than 100x dose, heroin possession less than 200mg and petit larceny. He received a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 9 months for the cocaine and narcotic possession, 6 to 9 months for heroin possession consecutive to the two prior offenses, and another consecutive 6 to 9 months for the petit larceny charge.

During his period of probation, Wilcox was not allowed to buy, use, or have any regulated drugs without a doctor's prescription, according to court documents.

On Friday, Wilcox was taken into custody and was processed at the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury Barracks, the affidavit states. After processing, Wilcox was released with a citation to appear in court to answer to the charges of violating his conditions of release.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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