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Clark Woman, Elizabeth Man Both Plead Guilty in Connection with Fatal Overdose

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Union County residents have admitted to providing a Linden man with the drugs that killed him in 2015.

Alexandria Marcino, 25, of Clark pleaded guilty to one count of strict liability for a drug-induced death and aggravated assault against a police officer for physically attacking a Union County Homicide Task Force detective during the course of the investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Joseph Colatrella, 27, of Elizabeth pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

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The 31-year-old overdose victim was found dead in his home by a family member on Aug. 6, 2015. Drug paraphernalia and narcotics were recovered at the scene. The narcotics later were determined to have been acetyl fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. Investigators determined that the victim contacted Marcino regarding the drugs and acquired them from Colatrella shortly before his death.

Members of the Clark Police Department, Union County Police Department and Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted Homicide Task Force detectives in finding Marcino and Colatrella and arresting them.

The state will request state prison sentences of five and three years for Marcino and Colatrella, respectively, when they are sentenced March 31 before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch. 

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