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Woman Resident Overdosed at Manahawkin Nursing Home and Rehab Center on Fentanyl/Heroin Sold by Another Patient

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STAFFORD, NJ - This past Friday, December 30, 2016 at approximately 9:25 p.m., the Stafford Township Police Department was dispatched to 1211 Route 72 West in Manahawkin, NJ for an overdose at the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Several doses of Narcan were administered to the victim on the scene by the initial officers. The woman was later transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center for further treatment.

During the investigation, it was learned that the victim was sold fentanyl/heroin from another resident who lives in the nursing and rehab center.

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After this was discovered, a search warrant was obtained in the early morning hours of December 31 for the resident’s room, which was executed by the Stafford Township Drug Enforcement Unit.

"Approximately twenty (20) glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin/fentanyl were located within the room belonging to Walter Gibbs, 59 years old of Atlantic City, NJ," says the report, "Mr. Gibbs was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Heroin) and Possession of CDS with the Intent to Distribute (Heroin). He also had several outstanding warrants from Atlantic City, and later turned over to Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department."

Mr. Gibbs is scheduled to appear in the Ocean County Court at a later date.

Detective Jacob Conner was the investigating officer.

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