A man and a woman parked in the Walgreen’s parking lot had just purchased syringes after allegedly purchasing 30 bags of heroin when Oak Lawn detectives interrupted what could have been a deadly party.
Oak Lawn Detectives reported finding the couple parked in the Walgreen’s parking lot on 95th Street in the act of injecting syringes into the woman’s foot. The detectives claim that they saw the injection through the open car window as they walked to the parked vehicle.
The driver, Alicia Koikas, 2o years old, allegedly told the police that she is diabetic and had the needle due to that illness. The police claimed that an orange needle cap fell off of her lap as Koikas exited the car.
According to the police, when asked if there were any drugs in the car, Koikas stated “I’m going to rehab in a week, I can’t get arrested. Yes, the needle has two bags in it.”
The police claim that when asked if she had any other heroin, Koikas switched to bargaining, asking, “if I give them to you, then what? Do I get to leave?”
Koikas told officers that she had Heroin and Xanax in her bra. The police claim that 20 bags of heroin and six Xanax pills were recovered.
The man, who was not identified or arrested, did not have any Heroin in his possession. When asked if there was any Heroin in the car, he allegedly implicated Koikas, stating, “if there is any Heroin it is on her”. The man claimed that he had not taken any Heroin for three months and was undergoing Methadone treatment.
The gentleman claimed that he had picked up Koikas and driven her to 95th and Western to purchase Heroin. According to the man, he then drove to the Walgreen’s drive thru where the dynamic duo bought syringes. After making the purchases, the man said that they parked in the back of Walgreen’s and Koikas “cooked” her Heroin in a metal tin and put it in the syringe . The man claimed that Koikas was trying to inject herself when the officers approached.
The 30 bags of Heroin were reportedly purchased for $200. Koikas, a white female, provided an Oak Brook address. She was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. The gentleman was not charged and was allowed to leave.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade. Heroin use costs the United States over $50 billion a year. That number includes heroin-related crime and imprisonment. It also includes treatment for addiction as well as chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin abuse.
Heroin deaths continue to rise also. In 2015, more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides.