FLEMINGTON, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been arrested on drug charges after an overdose death that happened here on Jan. 27.
If found guilty, Richard Deo, 37, could face a 20-year prison sentence, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.
The prosecutor said in a press release that he “will continue to use all resources available to seek out and prosecute those who deal or distribute drugs in Hunterdon.”
Deo was charged today with first-degree strict liability for a drug induced death, according to Kearns’ press release.
Deo was previously charged, on Feb. 2, with two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin; two counts of third-degree distribution of heroin; and third-degree possession of cocaine. He has been held in the Somerset County Jail since then.
Also charged was Nicole Warren, 36, of Metuchen. She faces two counts of third-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin.
“We have witnessed too many deaths and too much pain caused by the terrible drug epidemic that has swept this country,” Kearns said. “Those responsible for dealing drugs that result in a fatal overdose will be brought to justice and prosecuted.”
If found guilty, faces 10 to 20 years in state prison, he added.
The arrests follow a joint undercover narcotics investigation by Kearns and Flemington police.
The press release was issued jointly by Kearns, his Acting Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo and Flemington Police Chief Jerry Rotella.