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Atlantic County Man Convicted of Selling Drugs That Killed 59-Year-Old Overdose Victim

Galloway Township

A Galloway Township man was sentenced Tuesday on first-degree Strict Liability for a Drug-Related Death and narcotics charges connected to the 2018 fatal overdose of 59-year-old Anthony Tamburelli, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

According to Atlantic County officials, Whitted was sentenced before Judge Bernard DeLury in accordance with the terms of the plea agreement on the following charges: 10 years No Early Release Act (NERA) for the Strict Liability for the Drug-Induced Death of Tamburelli; 10 years for Conspiracy to Distribute and five years for the Distribution of Heroin Fentanyl – all to run concurrently for an aggregate sentence of 10 years NERA.

In March 2022, Brian Whitted, 56, pleaded guilty to first-degree Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, second-degree Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin with co-defendant Emery Chapman, and second-degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.

The plea calls for a sentence of 10 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act.

Officials said on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers of the Galloway Township Police Department located Tamburelli deceased in his residence from a drug overdose.

A police investigation revealed that Whitted and Chapman conspired to distribute heroin and sold Tamburelli the fatal combination of heroin and fentanyl.

This is an investigation by the Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Galloway Township Police Department.