Man held on $200,000 bond after heroin bust by special crimes unit
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 3, 2007 - An 18-year-old man was being held in the county jail late Wednesday morning in lieu of $200,000 bond on a delivery of heroin charge.

Although the heroin pills weighed only about 2 grams, Dylan Keith Devereaux was arraigned on a high bond due to the “extremely dangerous” affect the drug can have on individuals.

The case is said to be tied to an earlier investigation in which Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit Sgt. Harold McClure recovered heroin from a local school, SCU investigators said Wednesday morning.

The arrest was made around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after officers observed a heroin purchase from Devereaux. During the course of the investigation, the SCU investigators also received information which leads them to “believe it came from the Dallas area," according to SCU Lt. Ron Plaxco.

Plaxco said it was the first case involving heroin made by the special crimes unit.

"SCU has investigated methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and now at this time has added heroin to the list of substances,” Plaxco said.

The officers confiscated a plastic bag with several capsules, red on one end and the beigish-brown colored heroin powder visible through the clear covering on the other end. Investigators said the capsule form is generally "easily obtained in the Dallas area for $5 to $10 a capsule." Heroin powder is generally sniffed up the nose or mixed with a small amount of water and injected into veins using a syringe, Plaxco said.

"This is a very serious problem in our community, and we will be very fortunate if we don't have anyone in this community overdose from the drug," Plaxco said. "Heroin is extremely dangerous due to overdose potential. Some may remember a few years back when Plano schools had several overdoses by young people who attend their schools."

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