Father, daughter face drug charges

Police: Woman overdosed at Greenfield motel, had to be revived using Narcan

GREENFIELD — A heroin overdose in Greenfield earlier this week has landed a father and daughter in jail facing drug charges, court records show.

Police were called to a Greenfield motel late Tuesday after a woman was found unconscious, lying on a bench outside. Officers used the overdose-reversing drug Narcan to revive her before searching the room where hotel managers said she was staying.

Inside, they found drugs and various paraphernalia, and they arrested the woman’s boyfriend and his 19-year-old daughter — who admitted to passing the victim the drugs that caused her overdose, according to court documents.

Samantha Dice, and her father, 46-year-old Daniel Dice, both of Greenfield, are locked in the Hancock County Jail.

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Samantha Dice told police she drove to Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon to buy heroin from a dealer there. She returned to the Greenfield motel, met up the victim, and they used the drugs together, court documents state.

Samantha Dice now faces five criminal counts, including a felony accusing her of dealing narcotics. Daniel Dice, who was staying in the hotel room with the two women, faces a series of drug possession charges. Officials are still weighing what charges, if any, the victim will face.

Greenfield Fire Territory paramedics were called to the hotel, located in the 2100 block of North State Street, late Tuesday to check on a woman witnesses believed was suffering from a medical issue.

The first-responders who arrived on the scene noted the woman had a very faint heartbeat, court document state. And though they found no drugs near the bench where she was lying, a police officer noticed bruising on her arms, or track marks, consistent with repeated drug injections, court document state.

The police officers administered a dose of Narcan to the woman. She regained consciousness and was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital for further care.

At the hospital, the woman told police about Samantha and Daniel Dice, that she was staying with them at the hotel, court documents state.

Investigators searched the Dices’ hotel room and found various drugs, including a bag containing a white powdery substances believed to be heroin; a bag containing a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine; a glass smoking pipe; and a marijuana cigarette.

They also found a pair of cellphones and a black notebook that appeared to contain a ledger of drug deals, court documents state.

When questioned by police, Samantha Dice admitted she’d bought the heroin, and she’d agreed to share it with the victim after the victim “asked if she could try it,” court documents state.

Daniel Dice denied involvement, but told police he was staying in the hotel room with the two women, court documents state.

Samantha Dice faces: one Level 5 felony count of dealing a narcotic drug; one Level 6 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug; one Level 6 felony count of possession of marijuana; one Class B misdemeanor of possession of marijuana; and one Class C misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.

The case against her is filed in Hancock County Superior Court 1.

Daniel Dice faces: one Level 6 felony count of possession of a methamphetamine; one Level 6 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug; one Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance; one Class B misdemeanor of possession of marijuana; and one Class C misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.

This case against him is filed in Hancock County Superior Court 2.

No charges had been filed against the overdose victim at press time.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.