Police arrested a 37-year-old Portage woman on suspicion of distributing heroin that resulted in a nonfatal overdose.
Sherry A. Michaelson faces up to 15 years in prison on a charge of felony distribution of a controlled substance and up to 10 years in prison on a charge of felony second-degree reckless endangerment if convicted. Michaelson is also charged with misdemeanors of THC possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Nov. 24, police responded to a residence on MacFarlane Road in Portage for a possible drug overdose, according to the criminal complaint. Police found a woman performing CPR on an individual who had overdosed on heroin. The responding officer took over CPR until EMS arrived and they were able to revive the individual with Narcan.
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The woman who initially performed CPR told police that Michaelson provided the heroin for her and the individual who had overdosed, the complaint states. The individual started having a seizure shortly after snorting the heroin and then someone else at the residence called 911. During the seizure, Michaelson allegedly folded the remaining heroin into a yellow piece of paper and placed it in a room inside the residence. Police located the substance, which later tested positive for heroin.
During a search of Michaelson’s vehicle, police found a container of marijuana and a wooden dugout containing a one-hitter pipe that is commonly used for marijuana, the complaint states. During a search of Michaelson’s residence, police found additional drug paraphernalia including suspected crack pipes.
Michaelson has a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court.