BEDMINSTER – A 24-year-old New Brunswick man has been arrested and faces charge in the drug overdose death of a Bedminster woman in January one day after a suspected drug transaction between the two, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Lashawn D. Boyd, of Harvey Street, New Brunswick is charged with first 1st degree Drug Induced Death and is lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.
Robertson provided the following account:
Police and rescue squad personnel responded to a call at 6 a.m., Jan. 20 that reported a woman in need of help. on Lamington Road. It was thought the 24-year-old woman, whom police did not identify, was suffering a heart attack. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. of a suspected drug overdose.
A quantity of suspected heroin was later recovered from her belongings.
The results of an autopsy performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be from combined adverse effects of cocaine, fentanyl and sertraline.
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives and Bedminster Township Police Department detectives conducted the drug overdose death investigation which revealed that the victim had made arrangements with the suspect to meet where money and drugs were exchanged on Jan. 19.
Boyd was taken into custody without incident by detectives Sept. 23..
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Bedminster Township Chief of Police Karl Rock request anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bedminster Township Police Department at (908) 234-0585 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.