Crimes Involving Vicodin, Heroin, Meth and Alcohol

Jeep Owner Arrested for Heroin Crimes

A search by Oregon authorities of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee that was located at a residence in Coos Bay uncovered heroin and other narcotics. South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team agents found heroin, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, scales, suspected hashish and 15 assorted pills initially identified as Vicodin, methadone, Suboxone and OxyContin. The Jeep belonged to twenty-five-year-old Mitchell T. Summers and was seized because it was used in a crime. Summers was charged with two counts of possession of opiates, two counts of delivery of opiates, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of heroin and unlawful manufacture of heroin.

NY Man Called Police While Hallucinating on Vicodin

New York State Police say twenty-seven-year-old Rockne R. Cox called them to report that he was being shot at, but instead authorities found he was high on the prescription painkiller Vicodin. When police arrived at Cox’s residence, they determined Cox made a false claim about the shooting and found him in illegal possession of Vicodin. Cox was arrested on misdemeanor charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and falsely reporting an incident. During his trip to the Malone police station, Cox began hallucinating and thought he was on fire. Despite being handcuffed, Cox was able to undo his seat belt and get the car door open. However, Cox was unable to jump from the police vehicle. Following a scuffle, Cox was secured back in the vehicle and authorities added additional charges of third-degree escape and resisting arrest to his original charges. Cox had previously been accused of assaulting a state trooper following an arrest for driving under the influence and without a license.

Ohio Man Convicted of DUI and Vicodin Abuse

Carl Biggard, of Newton Falls, Ohio, has been convicted of his sixth drunk driving offense and sentenced to three years in state prison. Authorities had stopped Biggard for a routine traffic stop in West Farmington when he told them he had been drinking alcohol for at least three days and was also taking Vicodin. Biggard told police he was celebrating his birthday with the drugs and alcohol.

Modesto Police Department Seize Meth Ingredients

Forty-nine-year-old Anastacio Maldonado, of Los Angeles, CA, faces multiple drug charges following a routine traffic stop in Modesto. Modesto Police initially stopped Maldonado for talking on his cell phone without a hands-free device while driving. During the traffic stop, Maldonado confessed to illegally possessing Vicodin. Following a thorough search of his vehicle, investigators found several plastic grocery bags containing 10,000 pseudoephedrine pills, with a street value of nearly $8,000. Investigators believe the pills were going to be used to make meth and that Maldonado may have been on drugs during the arrest. Authorities continue investigating how Maldonado obtained the pills and what he had planned to do with them.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.