The suspect, a 41-year-old man from Jefferson NJ in Morris County, already faces drug crime charges for distribution of heroin. However, it is possible that Morris County prosecutors will also criminally charge him with homicide in connection with the drug overdose death of a man who allegedly bought heroin from the suspect.
The suspect reportedly sold a small amount of heroin to an individual in Wharton, New Jersey. The drug buyer later overdosed on the drugs and tragically died.
The suspect is currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility on a $125K bail amount. The bail amount is so high right now because prosecutors are still investigating the connection between the suspect and the victim’s death and it remains possible that the suspect could face additional charges in the coming days.
New Jersey lawmakers have really cracked down on drug crimes in recent years. One example of this is the enforcement of the NJ Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death law, which holds individuals legally accountable when they distribute a drug that later results in the death of a user.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man under Investigation over Fatal Heroin Overdose, Report Says.”