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12th Heroin Overdose For Shenandoah Valley

According to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force, Tracey Waybright of Stephens City is the 12th person in the Shenandoah Valley to die of a heroin overdose this year.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - According to the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force (NRDTF), Tracey Waybright of Stephens City is the 12th person in the Shenandoah Valley to die of a heroin overdose this year.

"You know some of the heroin that you see is maybe between 6 and 12 percent purity, and we've seen heroin purities as high as 33 percent and in the 60s, 60 percent purity range," said Investigator Steve Kahle with the NRDTF.

Officials arrested Christopher Theriot for distributing the lethal dose to Waybright.

Waybright was found unconscious in a home off Willow Oak Circle by one of her four children on April 27th.

"She was a mother of four children, and had a boyfriend for, I believe, ten years,” said Kahle. “I've been in touch with the family the whole time and they've been very helpful with [the task force] during the investigation, providing us with information and getting us the things that we needed.”

Officials transported her to Winchester Medical Center, and put her on life support. However, on May 2nd, her family decided to pull the plug.

"Everybody has seen and heard all the stories about all the overdoses that have been going on in the Valley. It doesn't discriminate against people or your background; rich, poor, it doesn't discriminate," said Kahle.

Theriot was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond for the distribution charge. Further charges are still pending as the case remains under investigation.

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