NEW BRUNSWICK - A Trenton man has been charged with providing the drugs that result in the fatal overdose of a Middlesex County man.
Eric Laster, 21, was arrested Thursday and charged with a single count of “strict lability for drug induced death,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey in a statement he released jointly with North Brunswick police director Kenneth McCormick.
Laster is accused of supplying fentanyl to a 34-year-old man in May, authorities said in the statement.
They said the victim died May 20 after ingesting the fentanyl, an opioid used as a pain-killer, but is also used illegally as a recreational drug.
Authorities said Laster was charged after toxicology tests showed the victim had taken the drug, and the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the cause of death was acute fentanyl toxicity.
Laster also faces single count of third-degree distribution of a controlled and dangerous substance, Carey said in the statement.
North Brunswick police Detective Seeta Jones, and Sergeant Felix De La Cruz of the prosecutor’s office investigated the case and determined Laster sold the drugs to the victim on May 19, the day before the man died.
Police are still investigating the case and ask that anybody with information contact Jones at (732) 247-0922, or De La Cruz at (732) 745-4312.
Laster is currently being held in the Mercer County Correctional Facility.