Neptune man indicted for dealing lethal dose of drugs to Long Branch resident
A Neptune man who sold drugs to a Long Branch woman who later overdosed has been indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury, according to Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.
The Grand Jury handed up a four count Indictment charging Jomell C. Brathwaite, 36, with first degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths, third degree Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, in connection with the sale of a heroin and fentanyl concoction that led to the overdose death of a 49-year old female from Long Branch.
Brathwaite was already being lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on other charges not pertaining to this incident.
The Long Branch woman was found dead by her boyfriend on the morning of May 15, 2018.
A postmortem examination conducted by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that the cause of the victim’s death was “Acute Fentanyl and Heroin Toxicity.”
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department then immediately conducted an investigation into the death.
Investigators found out that Brathwaite had sold the lethal substance the night before the overdose at a business in Ocean Township.
If convicted of first degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths, Brathwaite faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment in a New Jersey state prison without parole.
If convicted of third degree charges, each crime carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Competello.
Jomell Brathwaite is represented by Brian C. White, Esq., of Toms River.
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