Police: Catawissa Man charged in heroin OD found with syringes
LOCUST TOWNSHIP - One of two men charged in connection with the heroin overdose of an Elysburg woman is back behind bars after police found empty heroin packets, syringes and 'whippets' in his bedroom, according to The (Bloomsburg) Press-Enterprise.
Gregory D. Shepard, 26, of 51 Winding Way, Catawissa, was committed to Columbia County Prison on $100,000 bail after being arraigned Monday on six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia by Locust Township Police, the newspaper reported.
Shepard is already facing felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia following a preliminary investigation into the Nov. 24 death of Erika Smith, 34, of Elysburg.
According to Locust Township Police, Shepard and Bryant Leiby, 24, of 814 Mount Zion Drive, Danville, purchased 20 bags of heroin for $300 Nov. 20 which the two men and Smith used. Smith was later found unresponsive in Shepard's basement and passed away Nov. 24 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
The Bloomsburg newspaper reported Shepard's latest case started June 22 when his father, John, noticed various power tools missing from his home and contacted police when he suspected his son stole them to feed his drug addiction.
John called police, even though he had put up the family's $238,500 home as collateral for Gregory's bail, the newspaper reported. The family will not lose their home.
Locust Township Police searched Gregory's basement bedroom and found three needles and six empty packs of heroin inside a prescription bottle inside a guitar amp.
A CO2-powered cake decorator and 25 spent gas cartridges were found under a couch, the newspaper reported. The gas is used as an inhalant, called "whippets." Gregory said he used his mother's credit card to buy them, according to the newspaper.
He has not been charged with theft.
Gregory Shepard will have a preliminary hearing on the drug paraphernalia charges Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Craig W. Long, of Catawissa.