Newark Police were called to 411 West Miller Street on Friday (3/4) following a call of a woman passed out in a backyard.
Upon arrival, police found a woman unconscious, soaking wet and not breathing/with no heartbeat. Police recognized the woman as a heroin addict and immediately injected the woman with Narcon, a drug to counteract a drug overdose. The two officers also performed CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) on the woman until police arrived.
The female resident at 411 West Miller Steewt, Zilma Rodriguez, age 44, , told police the woman showed up at her residence and passed out in her kitchen. Rodriquez then poured water on the woman and dragged her out of the house before calling for help.
A neighbor called police to inform them that Rodriquez, besides getting the woman out of her house, was seen placing something in her garbage can. Police found the passed out woman’s purse containing hypodermic needles and cocaine. Rodriguez admitted to putting the woman’s purse in the garbage and dragging her into the backyard to avoid getting herself in trouble.
Police, knowing Rodriguez was on probation, conducted a search of her home. Used and new hypodermic needles were found in a laundry hamper next to children’s drinking cups. Prescription pills, cash and a small bag of heroin were also found in Rodriguez residence.
On Friday (3/11) Rodriguez was charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Tampering With Physical Evidence and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Her two children a boy and a girl attend the Kelly school. She was arraigned and released to reappear in Newark Village Court on April 6th.
The woman experiencing the drug overdose survived. She was admitted to the Clifton Springs Drug Rehabilitation Center and was being interviewed by Newark Police.
More charges may be pending in the case