Heroin addicts agree to treatment
July 23, 2012
An Indian Hills couple agreed to undergo inpatient treatment for heroin addiction after pleading guilty to possession and sales of the substance following their arrest in Washoe County.
Elizabeth H. Waters, 33, pleaded guilty July 16 to possession of a controlled substance.
Jacob Andrew Foley, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a controlled substance for sale.
They each face up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine if they fail to complete a diversion program.
Foley said he and Waters had been together for nine years. They have a 3-year-old son who is in the custody of Child Protective Services.
According to reports, the couple was arrested by Douglas County officers following them to Washoe County on their way to a drug transaction. Officers arrested the pair when they were observed shooting up balloons of heroin.
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Waters reportedly swallowed 10 balloons of heroin and was hospitalized in Reno until they passed through her system.
Waters also had a hold in Carson City where she faced a 90-day suspended sentence.
“There’s no question I have a bad heroin problem that needs treatment,” she said.
Gibbons granted Waters’ request for drug court and a diversion program.
“You have a chance here to make a big difference in your life,” he said.
“I don’t have my son anymore,” she said. “I really want to reunite my family. I’m ready to do it.”
Gibbons allowed Foley to be released to any treatment program in California prior to his sentencing which is set for Sept. 24.
He told the judge the 30-day program in Campbell, Calif., is followed by an 18-month stay in a halfway house.
He was to be released from jail Monday, and his mother was in court to take him to the treatment program.
“In general, addicts say anything possible to get their drugs,” Gibbons told her. “There can be no stops from jail. Go directly to the program.”
Gibbons told Foley he must be 100 percent committed to recovery.
“This is an extremely serious matter,” Gibbons said. “The room for error is extremely slight. The court will not have much sympathy for mistakes.”
Foley said he was looking forward to the program.
“I am 100 percent committed to it,” he said.