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POLICE: Woman Had Seven Bags of Heroin on School Playground

Police say a woman and her intoxicated male friend were loitering on Covington School playground; friend was taken to Advocate Christ for medical treatment.

A man and woman were arrested after they were spotted loitering on the grounds of an Oak Lawn elementary school on Jan. 10, reports said.

were dispatched to Covington Elementary School at 9130 S. 52nd Avenue around 2:45 p.m. in response to a complaint about an intoxicated person on the playground.

Police spoke to a 29-year-old man from Joliet, and Suzanne Smith, 28, of Lansing. Officers said that the man appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance and had trouble finding his ID. He declined medical treatment.

The Joliet man kept searching through his pockets for his ID. Police helped him check his pockets and with his permission, searched his coat pocket where police said found a syringe.

Smith was asked if she had anything illegal on her person and she admitted to having a hypodermic needle and cocaine in her pocket, police said. Officers found inside a cigarette box in her coat pocket seven small plastic bags containing a white powdery substance that later tested positive for heroin. The bags had “Black Dog” stamped on the outside.

Both were taken to the Oak Lawn police station.

At the station, the Joliet man requested medical treatment and police took him to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

While in lockup, Smith was searched again and two more empty bags with the same “Black Dog” markings were found in her pocket, reports said.

She agreed to talk to police after being read her rights. Smith told police the Joliet man called a connection in Oak Lawn to buy some heroin, police said. They went to man’s house to buy some smack along with a syringe.

While at the man’s house, Smith said her friend shot up some heroin, reports said. According to police, prior to that day, she never met the connection and didn’t know his last name.

Smith was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a hypodermic needle. She had a bond hearing the next day and her next court appearance is March 6.

At the time of the report, the Joliet man was still being treated at Advocate Christ. The report did not indicate if he had been charged.

Russ Petrick January 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
You wonder how a person from Joliet and Lansing bring their issues to Covington school. Keep your trash in your own neighborhoods.
Jim Vondracek January 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The article says they came to Oak Lawn to buy the drugs. There seem to be a lot of articles lately about people in Oak Lawn selling drugs. Thanks to the Patch for publicizing this problem and to the police for working to stamp out the problem.
OL Resident January 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I want to thank the person(s) who called OLPD to report this. Had this not happened who knows where this story ends? I am big on if you see something tell somebody. This is in my back yard. That tells me that this dealer is my neighbor.....and he needs to move out.... to prison. I am sure that the people arrested do not want to go to jail and will plea this out. That means that the people will have to give up the heroin dealer to save themselves from any serious charges. Thank you OLPD

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