Chadron Police Save Overdose Victim, Then Arrest Him


      Chadron police are credited with saving the life of a drug overdose victim Sunday afternoon, then arresting him on drug charges after he recovered.. 

        46-year old Virgil Smyers is free on $50,000 bail after being arrested on 5 counts including 3 felonies: possession of methamphetamine, LSD, and oxycodone. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

     Police Chief Tim Lordino says officers were dispatched along with the Chadron VFD Rescue unit to a residence in the 200 block of Maple Street for a report of an unresponsive man who turned out to be Smyers.

       Lordino says Sgt Chelsey Stolley determined Smyers was showing signs of an opioid-related overdose and administered NARCAN, a drug that partially or completely reverses an opioid overdose.

     Smyers regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but while in the residence for the rescue call, officers observed in plain sight a number of items typically related to the use of illegal drugs.

       Chief Lordino says a search warrant was obtained and officers seized marijuana and marijuana products, drug paraphernalia, and quantities of suspected meth, LSD, and oxycodone – the latter believed to be the cause of the overdose.

        The evidence from the search warrant led to the arrest of Smyres and his being booked into the Dawes County Jail.