Heroin Possession Near School Brings Prison Sentences
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Prison time is ordered for a man and woman who possessed heroin near a school.
Ricky Wyckoff III and Heather Carnine were in a vehicle stopped on Short Street in Lawrenceburg last July by an Indiana State Police Trooper for having another vehicle’s license plate displayed. During the stop, the driver parked in the driveway to Wyckoff’s home near Central Elementary School.
The trooper discovered syringes filled with heroin and other paraphernalia during the stop.
Wyckoff, 22, of Lawrenceburg, and Carnine, 22, of Rising Sun, both recently reached plea agreements with prosecutors to plead guilty to Possession of a Narcotic Drug within 1,000 Feet of a School (Class B felony).
Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship sentenced Carnine to 14 years, with six years in prison and eight years on probation. Wyckoff was ordered to serve 10 years with eight in prison. Both were also ordered to pay a $1,000 drug interdiction fee, as well as other court costs.
Carnine was given credit for 586 good time days served in jail leading up to her sentencing. The Indiana Department of Corrections lists her earliest possible release date as July 1, 2016.
Wyckoff was credited for 606 good time days. His earliest prison release is July 1, 2017.
A third person arrested during the traffic stop, Ronald Brown, Jr. of Aurora, has not seen his case come to a resolution.
Elected officials, law enforcement officers and others proclaim there's a heroin "epidemic" sweeping the country, and it's taking hold in rural and suburban communities once considered unlikely places to find illicit drugs.
But nobody knows how many people have died.
Nobody knows how many have overdosed and survived.
Nobody even knows for certain where the problem is most severe.
"I'm very scared for our nation in how fast this has grown and spread," said John Roberts, a retired Chicago police officer who created The HERO Foundation after his son died of a heroin overdose in 2010. "This is an epidemic. But it's not getting the attention that it needs because we don't know how bad it is."