A Camden New Jersey man is headed to prison after he was convicted on strict liability homicide charges stemming from a heroin overdose death.
The suspect is a 24-year-old resident of Camden, NJ. He was allegedly a drug dealer who sold a deadly dose of heroin to a 42-year-old Gloucester County NJ man.
According to authorities, the victim traveled to Camden so that he could purchase heroin from the suspect. After getting the drugs, the victim went back to his parents’ home in Gloucester County and overdosed.
Detectives eventually connected the drugs to the suspect and placed the drug dealer under arrest. He was subsequently charged with several drug offenses, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of heroin. Beyond that, the suspect was charged with strict liability homicide because the victim died while using the heroin. Strict liability homicide is a first degree felony in New Jersey.
In February, the case went to trial and a Gloucester County jury found the suspect guilty on the homicide charges.
Now the suspect has been officially sentenced, with the judge imposing a sentence of 18 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Gets 18 Years for Selling Heroin That Led to Overdose Death.”