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 Local Man Arrested for Heroin Possession

January 7, 2009 - A trip to Dayton, Ohio to purchase heroin didn’t have a good ending for two young local men, but due to some quick thinking by two area residents, a fatal overdose of the illegal drug may have been prevented.

Knightstown Police Department officers released a report Monday detailing the arrest of John Tyler Cox, 19, on charges of possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and obstruction of justice. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Larry B. Gibson, 25, as well.

According to the police report, the two young men had made a trip to Dayton to purchase heroin, and upon returning to Knightstown, Gibson began showing signs of being violently ill. The men then drove to the CVS Pharmacy in Knightstown, where Gibson entered the store to apparently seek medical help.

An eyewitness, who also happens to be a member of the Knightstown Neighborhood Crime Watch Group, watch as Cox allegedly threw some pills on the ground next to the entrance to the store.

After employees of CVS summoned the police and an ambulance, KPD Officer Shaun Mullens arrived on the scene and discovered that Gibson was being held and comforted by Derek Walters, who was a store customer.

Police Chief Danny Baker said Walters, due to the actions he took at the scene, may have prevented a fatal drug overdose.

“The paramedics actually credited Walters with saving Gibson’s life,” Baker said. “Gibson lost consciousness and Walters brought him back. He continued to work with him and keep him awake until the paramedics arrived.”

Once the paramedics took Gibson to the ambulance, Baker began questioning Cox and summoned Officer Derek Hall and his drug-sniffing Dog “Buddy.”

Once Hall arrived and brought his K-9 to the side of the building, the dog alerted to the presence of the drugs, which were later identified as capsules containing heroin.

According to the police report, Cox was displaying slurred speech and unsteady balance, and allegedly admitted to snorting heroin prior to arriving back in Knightstown.

Cox and Walters were transported to the hospital. Cox was released from Henry County Memorial Hospital after being examined, and was then transported to the Henry County Jail. Walters was admitted to Hancock Regional Hospital and Baker said an arrest warrant has since been issued for him.


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