Man Charged in Port Jervis Overdose Death

April 28, 2018

New York State Police, City of Port Jervis Police Deptartment and Orange County District Attorney’s Office charge suspect with selling heroin resulting in overdose death.

On April 23, 2018, Investigators with the New York State Police and Port Jervis City Police Department arrested Patrick Shevlin, age 28, of Montague, New Jersey, and charged him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. The charge is based upon an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the suspected overdose death of a 30-year-old male in Sparrowbush, New York.

On April 21st, during the early morning hours, State Police were dispatched to a residence located in Sprarrowbush for an apparent heroin related overdose. Police allege that the defendant sold a quantity of the narcotic drug heroin to the victim prior to his death.
Shevlin was additionally charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell in the 3rd Degree, all Class B Felonies. The charges result from Shevlin being found in possession of 270 individual packets containing heroin at the time of his arrest during the late afternoon hours on April 21st on West Main Street in the City of Port Jervis by Port Jervis Police and State Police.

The defendant was arraigned in Port Jervis City Court and remanded to Orange County jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bail pending further court appearances.
The arrest stems from a joint investigation conducted by the New York State Police, the Port Jervis City Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office. The death investigation is continuing and police and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology analysis by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Notice: A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.