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Drug charges may be start of DeKalb woman’s woes

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Police are investigating whether a woman arrested Thursday on drug charges was involved in the recent death of a man residing in DeKalb.

Dacia R. Hensley, 38, of the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, was charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer.

If convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Hensley could face four to 15 years in prison. Hensley appeared in court Friday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.

According to court documents, a confidential source told police she could buy methadone from Hensley and had done so before. Police and the confidential source arranged to buy methadone from Hensley in exchange for prescription medications.

The conversation between the source and Hensley was overheard and recorded by DeKalb police.

Hensley agreed to provide the source with two methadone pills in exchange for other medication.

When Hensley was arrested Thursday, she kicked the officer in the leg and told him she didn’t like him, according to court documents.

Prosecutor Victor Escarcida of the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office said Hensley, who is on probation for two convictions for driving under the influence, also is a suspect in a potential drug overdose death investigation. Police are awaiting autopsy results in that investigation, Escarcida said.

Hensley’s attorney, Paul Hendley, said the death investigation is preliminary and Hensley’s criminal history includes only misdemeanors. Hendley requested a reasonable bond amount for his client.

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond at $500,000 pending the investigation’s outcome.

DeKalb police Lt. Gary Spangler said the man, a transient, died a couple of weeks ago while staying at a DeKalb motel. Police suspect he died of a drug overdose. Authorities are looking into whether Hensley was involved in providing the man with drugs.

Amid the death investigation, police arrested Hensley on the methadone charges, Spangler said.

Hensley’s next scheduled court date is Tuesday.

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