Browns Mills, NJ man indicted for causing fatal overdose of a man in Toms River, NJ
A Browns Mills man has been indicted by an Ocean County Grand Jury for selling a lethal concoction of cocaine laced with fentanyl to a man who later overdosed in Toms River, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced on Tuesday.
Toms River Police were called to the Pelican Inn on Route 37 on February 28, 2019 for a report of an unresponsive 29-year old man who responding officers found to have been suffering from a drug overdose.
The officers attempted life saving measures and EMS were able to get a pulse, but after being brought to Community Medical Center in Toms River, the man passed away.
Toms River Police Detectives along with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Strike Force teamed up in the ensuing investigation and they learned that 57-year old William Anderson gave the victim cocaine and fentanyl.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that through a toxicology analysis which also found that the cocaine and fentanyl in the man's system came from Anderson and the Ocean County Medical Examiner's Officer determined that's what caused his death.
Anderson was arrested on August 24, 2021, by Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Pemberton Police Detectives and was charged and now indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of Strict Liability Drug-Induced Death, Distribution of Cocaine, Distribution of Fentanyl, Possession of less than One-Half Ounce of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of less than One Ounce of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Distribute less than One-Half Ounce of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Distribute less than One Ounce of Fentanyl.
Prosecutor Billhimer said that Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Juan presented the case to the Grand Jury on behalf of the State.