TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office shared news yesterday  concerning  the indictment of a Barnegat man, charging him with a strict liability drug-induced death. According to authorities, an Ocean County grand jury found sufficient evidence linking Curtis M. Geathers, 33 to the death of an individual related to ingestion of  fentanyl and heroin.

Geathers faces prosecution for the drug-induced death with Michael M. Tiedemann and Tiffany R. Goger.  Authorities have not released the name of the decedent.   

The Barnegat resident’s charges are based on a theory of strict liability.  The root of these types of crimes requires the prosecutor to prove intention, recklessness or negligence. 

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According to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, Geathers was also charged for possession and distribution charges related to heroin and fentanyl.

Authorities say that Geathers and/or one of the other individuals charged sold the decedent the laced heroin packaged in wax folds between January 9th and January 10th of this year. Allegedly, Geathers initially picked up the drugs and distributed ithem to his co-defendants for distribution.

Others charged include Michael M. Tiedemann of Toms River and Tiffany  R. Coger, 35 of Seaside Heights.  A fourth defendant, Darnell D. Williams, 36, of Jackson, was not implicated in the death of the unnamed individual. Williams faces prosecution for drug possession and distribution.

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