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DeKalb woman gets 14 years in prison for dealing drugs

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman was sentenced to 14 years in prison for dealing drugs in July.

Dacia Hensley, 38, of the 1100 block of West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, was arrested in July on charges alleging possession and delivery of methadone, court records show. She pleaded guilty to the most serious drug charge.

Hensley also was suspected in the overdose death of a transient man just weeks before the other charges, police said. A month after her arrest, Hensley was charged with drug-induced homicide after a man was found dead in a DeKalb motel with methadone in his system.

Hensley faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of drug-induced homicide, but defense attorney Paul Hendley said those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

“I think it was a fair and just disposition when you take everything as a whole,” he said.

Police discovered Hensley’s drug deliveries through an informant, according to court documents.

The woman told police she could buy methadone from Hensley and had done so before, court records show. Police and the source then arranged to buy methadone from Hensley in exchange for prescription medications.

The conversation between the informant and Hensley was recorded by DeKalb police, court records show. Hensley agreed to provide the source with two methadone pills in exchange for other medication.

Previously, Hensley had only been convicted of misdemeanors including driving under the influence of alcohol. Her prison sentence was handed down Jan. 16.

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