The Mercer County drug dealer who sold a Bordentown man the fentanyl that killed him heads to prison for up to five years.

Thao Nguyen (Burlington Co. Dept. of Corrections)
Thao Nguyen (Burlington Co. Dept. of Corrections)

Thao Nguyen, 27, of Hamilton, was sentenced in Mount Holly for his July guilty plea to a first-degree count of strict liability for a drug-induced death, according to the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Nguyen has been locked away in the Burlington County Jail since his April arrest for the death that transpired last November. Terms of his plea deal require him to serve 85 percent of his term, or four-and-a-quarter years, before parole considerations.

Investigators determined that Nguyen sold fentanyl to a Bordentown 25-year-old, who overdosed in his house on November 24, 2016. Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood listed the cause of death as fentanyl toxicity.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Lackey conducted the government's case. Investigations entailed Bordentown and hamilton police, the Prosecutor's Gang, Gun and Narotics Task Force and High-Tech Crimes Unit, and the Mercer County Prosecutor's Narcotics Task Force. Bordentown PD Dettective Josh Pavlov organixed the probe.

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