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Ocean County Grand Jury Indicts South Plainfield Man for Heroin Overdose of Brick Township Man

Credits: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Jesse Hay of South Plainfield was indicted by an Ocean County grand jury on Tuesday for the heroin overdose death of Anthony Busby of Brick Township back on December 18, 2014.

Hay was indicted on six drug charges and one charge of causing a drug induced death.

Hay was originally charged with strict liability for drug induced death, reckless manslaughter, distribution of Fentanyl, and possession of Fentanyl with the intent to distribute according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

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According to police, the Brick township police and EMS were dispatched to a Marilyn Drive address on December 19, 2014 around 6:47 p.m. for a report of an unconscious male. Anthony Busby, 24 was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at 7:18 p.m.

According to authorities found at the scene were several white wax folds stamped with “730 virus” in green ink and another ten wax folds stamped “Strike Dead” with the picture of the grim reaper in red and black ink.

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On December 20, 2014, the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a post mortem examination on Busby’s body confirming that Busby’s death was drug induced, caused by an excessive amount of Fentanyl in his system.  The Medical Examiner’s report also confirmed that the wax folds stamped “730 Virus” and “Strike Dead” both contained the Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine.

Hays, who had been incarcerated since a December 23, 2014 arrest on the possession and distribution charges of Fentanyl was served on April 2, 2014 with a Drug induced Death arrest warrant at the Middlesex County Jail, authorities said. His bail was set at $250,000 with no 10 percent option.

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